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Date Event Description Time / Location
1/612/31

American Legion

Help out the American Legion, an organization deicated to supporting veterans and helping them receive benefits through their service. They also assist and support families of returning service men and women. They ensure the needs of wounded warriors are being met and advocate on behalf of of active duty military and veterans in the halls of government. To learn more visit legion.org.

INFO N/A, American Legion
4/1312/31

Salvation Army Needs Donations!

Many of our neighbors here in New Jersey are struggling.  In these tough times, they’re not just looking for help. They’re looking for hope.

Your support of The Salvation Army in New Jersey, through volunteer work or a donation, will make a real difference for someone in need. And you’ll be amazed at what you’ll get out of giving. Come share your blessings, and be blessed. Visit www.SalvationArmyNJ.org to find out how you can help. From all of us at The Salvation Army in New Jersey, thank you. 

INFO N/A, Salvation Army of New Jersey
6/212/31

Blood Donors Needed!

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has issued an urgent appeal for donors of all Blood types and platelets. “Blood donations traditionally decrease during the summer months due to family vacations and high schools/colleges being on break,” explained Deb Otto, Director of Donor Resources. “These factors, combined with several critical traumas that have occurred in our region over the past few days, have significantly impacted our community’s Blood supply.”

 

“The ideal Blood inventory on our shelves should be a three-day supply, or approximately 1500 units,” she notes. “At this time, we are only at about 700 units, which is less than half of our desired inventory level.” “More than 450 donors are needed every day in our community to help in the care of cancer patients, accident victims, premature infants and others in need of life-saving transfusions at our regional hospitals," adds Sean Tinney, Director of Marketing & Business Development. “While we’ve had a decrease in the number of people donating, the demand at our hospitals remains steady. We would just like to remind people that Blood cannot be manufactured, it can only come from the kind generosity of volunteer Blood donors. If there was ever a time to
donate, now is that time.”

 

It can take up to 50 units of Blood to help someone in a car accident, and up to 8 units to help someone with internal bleeding. It can also take up to 8 units a week to help someone battling leukemia. In order to donate, individuals must be 17 years of age or older, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be feeling healthy; they must not have donated in the past eight weeks. All donors must also provide valid identification; ID must have the donor’s name printed on it, as well as a photo and/or signature. For more information or to schedule a donation, call 1-800-B-A-DONOR (223-6667). Donors can also visit GIVEaPINT.org to schedule an appointment online or find a Blood Drive in their community.

INFO Regular Business Hours, Miller-Keystone Blood Center
8/1112/31

Storytime Programs

The Warren County Library offers a number of storytime programs fro children at the library located at 2 Shotwell Dr in Belvidere. Listening to stories is an important part of a childs learning to read and developing a love of reading. Find the program that's right for you and your child! Sign up for programs at www.warrenlib.org.

 

  • Lapsit Storytime and Sing Along: Tuesdays at 10am. This is a short program lasting 15-20 minutes for babies and toddlers with an adult caregiver. There's singing, bouncing, clapping, and share a story or two.

 

  • 2-Year-Old Storytime: Tuesdays at 11:00am. This program includes two or three stories, a variety of songs and rhymes and a simple craft project. Adult caregivers will participate along with the children. Sign-up is requested.

 

  • Preschool Storytime: Tuesdays at 1:30pm & Fridays at 10:30am. This program includes several stories and rhymes and a craft project. Holiday parties are held sevral time throughout the year. Sign-up is requested.
INFO Varying, Warren County Library
8/1612/27

Knitting Group

On Tuesdays at 3pm, the Warren County Library Headquarters offers a chance for you to come down and join their Knitting Group! Calling all beginners, intermediate, advanced, all are invited. Enjoy an afternoon learing or teaching and great conversation. All needle art forms are welcome. Registaration is not necessary. For further information, please visit them at www.warrenlib.org or call us at 908-475-6322.

INFO 3:00pm, Warren County Library
9/1911/10

Truckload Wild Bird Seed Sale

The Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center is gearing up for its fall bird seed sale.  This sale offers our members and the public the opportunity to purchase high quality bird seed at the lowest prices of the year and just in time for the winter bird feeding season.  We are pleased to announce that this year’s sale will once again feature Aspen Song Bird Seed Blends. The Aspen Song formulas are the result of careful testing and a thorough knowledge of the target birds.  Aspen Song Wild Bird Food will attract a greater number and variety of seed-eating bird species and contains no cereal grains or fillers, and come in a variety of blends and sizes.  Also available will be black oil sunflower seed, thistle, suet and several other specialty mixes.


We also offer a wide variety of high quality Droll Yankee and other feeders, some of which are squirrel proof, in our gift shop.  All proceeds from the sale of bird seed and feeders go to support our environmental education programs.


This sale is Saturday, November 19th from 9 a.m.  to 1 p.m.   Ordering deadline is Thursday, November 10th .    You may obtain a complete order form by calling the Center at (570) 629-3061, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and most Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  You may also download the order form from our website: www.mcconservation.org.   Prices are reduced for this truckload sale, but don't forget we sell bird seed in our gift shop along with a wide variety of feeders and field guides year-round.

INFO 9:00am-1:00pm, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
9/2610/13

4th-Annual SteelStacks Scarecrow Competition & Exhibit

Children and adults of all ages are invited to show off their creativity by designing unique scarecrows for ArtsQuest’s 4th-annual SteelStacks Scarecrow Competition & Exhibit Sept. 26–Oct. 13.

This year’s competition features five categories including the new School Spirit Scarecrow category. Celebrate the start of the school year with a scarecrow decked out in your school colors or dressed as your school mascot! Other categories are Traditional Scarecrow, Contemporary Scarecrow, Music Scarecrow and Kids/Family Scarecrow for ages 12.

Scarecrows will be on display through Oktoberfest at SteelStacks, where the public will vote for their favorite submissions. Cash prizes of $150, $100 and $50 will be awarded in the Traditional, Contemporary and Music Scarecrow categories, while the first- and second-place winners in the School Spirit and Kids/Family Scarecrow categories will each receive a private movie screening for up to 12 people at the ArtsQuest Center’s Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas.

Any individual or group interested in entering the competition must register at www.steelstacks.org/scarecrow by Sept. 23. Submitted scarecrows must be sturdy, weather-resistant and mounted on a 1.5-inch square post or circular dowel, and all creations must be dropped off at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks Sept. 25 between 1 and 4 p.m.

Scarecrows will be on display until Oct. 13, with winners announced Oct. 14 on www.steelstacks.org. For complete details and the official entry form, please visit www.steelstacks.org/scarecrow.

The 6th-annual Oktoberfest at SteelStacks, set for Sept. 30-Oct. 2 and Oct. 7-9, will feature a variety of delicious German food and beer, as well as live entertainment including the popular dachshund races, the all new Great Lakes Timber Show and more. For more information on the free festival, visit www.steelstacks.org/oktoberfest.

INFO 1:00pm-4:00pm, ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks
9/28

Maker Club

Do you have kids that love to create, build, and innovate? Kids who love science, technology, and engineering? Maker Club is the perfect experience to help them develop their skiils, learn new things and share their interests with others. Maker Club will be held each month at the Warren County Library, located at 2 Shotwell Drive, Belvidere, on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 4:30pm. This month's project, on September 28th, has a back to school theme. Have the coolest gear in school when you make your own! This program is for kids ages 9-12. Registration is required and space is limited.

INFO 4:30pm, Warren County Library
10/13/1

Ongoing Exhibits at the Sigal Museum

Check out the events coming up at the Sigal Museum in Easton!

"Cabinet of Curiosities" 10/16-3/17

"Spirits of Easton" 10/16-2/17

Colonial Dinner Theater: "Easton in Crisis 1755" 10/7, 7pm

The Lehigh Valley Wine Auction 10/15, 6pm-9pm

"Easton at the Forks: A Novel" 10/15, 1pm

"Haunted Crime Scenes: Forensic Investigation and Ghost Stories" 10/22, 2pm

Colonial Dinner Theater: "Easton in Crisis 1755" 10/22, 7pm

"Haunted History Night: A Halloween Museum Crawl" 10/29, 5pm-8pm

Children's Art Program: Magic Lanterns 10/29, 11am-1pm

"Seeing the War: Stories behind the Famous Photographs of WWII" 11/12, 1pm

Candle Lighting 11/26

"Deck the Halls: An American Celebration of Christmas" 12/9, 6pm-8pm and 12/10, 1pm-4pm

"Christmas in the Colonies at the 1753 Bachmann Publick House" 12/10, 1pm-4pm

Commemoration of the Battle of the Bulge 12/17, 1pm.

 

For information on all of these wonderful events please contact the Sigal Museum in Easton at 610-253-1222 or visit their website at sigalmuseum.org.

INFO Check Events For Times, Sigal Museum, 342 Northampton St, Easton, PA
10/1

The Secrets of Squirrels

Squirrels are amazing critters whose antics can be very entertaining. On Saturday, October 1, join Environmental Educator Karen N. Boyle at 10am to learn about squirrels, where they live, and their unique adaptations.  Cost: $6/non-members, $4/children under 12.  EE Center members FREE.

 

For more information, call the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center at (570) 629-3061, Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and most Saturdays from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.  For more information on other programs we offer visit our website at www.mcconservation.org.

INFO 10:00am, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
10/1

Celebration of the Arts

Lafayette's campus is bursting with creativity, and they can’t wait to share it with you. The Lafayette Arts Open House is a choose-your-own-adventure festival of the arts. This free, family-friendly event features performances, demonstrations, film screenings, exhibitions, and hands-on activities on College Hill and downtown on the Williams Arts Campus. There will be information at each location about how to get around, so jump in wherever you like! A free arts shuttle will provide hop-on, hop-off service throughout campus, along the Karl Stirner Arts Trail, and in Easton. Join them as they Celebrate the Arts on Saturday, October 1st from 10am-2pm.

INFO 10:00am-2:00pm, Williams Arts Campus
10/210/31

Quakertown Farmer's Market Fall Events

Join the Quakertown Farmer's Market as the host numerous Fall Events!

Their Annual Winter Coat Drive is running through Sunday, October 2nd. The collection of clean, gently used winter coats will be donated to the local Salvation Army to help their needy neighbors stay warm this winter. Dontations may be brought to the Market Office.

 

Kid's Crafts will be held between 10am and 2pm on Saturday, October 8th. The children will be participating in a scarecrow making class. This class is free to all children. Children are asked to bring an flannel shirt which will be used in the construction of their scarecrow.

 

The Market and Rite Aid Pharmacies will hold a second flu shot clinic on Saturday, October 8th between 11am and 3pm. The shot is covered by most insurance plans and Medicare Part B.

 

Ryan Lee Coates will perform at the Market on Saturday, October 8th between 12pm and 3pm, Ryan plays both guitar and banjo.

 

The Twin Rivers Rounders will perform on Saturday, October 15th between 12pm and 4pm, they are a bluegrass band, don't forget your lawn chair!

 

East Penn Modifiers Car Club will hold their Fall Car Show at the Market on Saturday, October 15th between 9am and 1pm. There will be live entertainment, raffles, and door prizes. All cars are welcome, there is a $15 registration the day of the show. Public admittance is free, proceeds benefit Operation Enduring Warrior and Dylan Thorpe.

 

The Market hosts it's 3rd Annual Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest on Saturday, October 22nd at 12pm. Entrants must be 18 or older to participate. Entrants may want to bring along an extra shirt, the contest restricts the use of hands when eating and the winners gets $100 in cash!

 

Following the Pie Eating Contest the Market will hold it's 12th Annial Best Dressed Pet Halloween Contest at 1pm in front of the stage area located behind the main market. As a reminder pets are only permitted inside the pet store.

 

The 23rd Annual Halloween Costume Parade and Contest will begin promptly at 1pm on Saturday, October 29th. Trick-or-treating will take place throughout the Market and will then travel to the stage area for costume judging. There are 4 seperate categories which are "Pre-School" (Ages 0-5), "6-9 Year Olds", "Pre-Teen" (Ages 10-12), and "Family Group". Prizes include a $250 Market Buck Grand Prize, and 3 $50 Market Buck runner-up prizes, A $100 Market Buck category prize for each of the four age groups and a $25 Market Buck prize for each of the category runner-ups.

 

The Great Gobbler Giveaway will commence Friday, October 28th. Enter to win one of ten 20lb turkeys which will be given away on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Enter to win at Davis Meats, you must be 18 or older to enter.

INFO Check Events For Times, Quakertown Famer's Market
10/6

The O' Jays

The O' Jays are coming to the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Thursday, October 6th! Get your tickets.

INFO 7:00pm, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
10/710/9

Lenape Chamber Ensemble

The Lenape Chamber Ensemble returns Friday, October 7th to Upper Black Eddy, PA and Sunday, October 9th to Doylestown, opening its 42nd season with music by Haydn, Schubert and the French composer Jean Françaix.  The Ensemble, Bucks County’s resident chamber music ensemble since 1975, presents Friday evening performances at 8:15 pm at Upper Black Eddy’s historic Upper Tinicum Lutheran Church, with the program repeated on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Delaware Valley University’s Life Sciences Building auditorium in Doylestown.

            Audiences will see some of their favorite musicians return to the stage, as violinists Cyrus Beroukhim and Emily Daggett-Smith; violist Danielle Farina, and cellist Arash Amini perform Haydn’s String Quartet in B minor, Opus 33 No. 1. This set of six Opus 33 quartets which Haydn wrote in 1781, perhaps more than any other works, marks the establishment of what is called the “mature classical style”, introducing the playful scherzo and equality between parts. They inspired Mozart, recently arrived in Vienna, to write six quartets of his own, which he dedicated to Haydn. 

         Emily Daggett Smith, Danielle Farina and Arash Amini will perform the Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello, written at the age of 21 by the French composer Jean Françaix, whose music is described as “expressing the freshness and wonder of childhood.”  His teacher, Nadia Boulanger, was known to bring out the latent abilities of her students, who included, among others, Americans Aaron Copland and Walter Piston.

            Internationally celebrated pianist Marcantonio Barone appears with Cyrus Beroukhim and Arash Amini to perform Schubert’s Piano Trio in E flat Major, Opus 100.  This was one of his two great piano trios, written in 1827, the same year of his famous song cycle, “Winterreise.”  His death at age 31 occurred less than a year later.          

            Refreshments following the Friday concerts and at intermission on Sundays, provide opportunity to meet and chat with the performers. Tickets at $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $5 for children, will be available at the door, online at www.lenapechamberensemble.org or by calling (610) 294-9361.  The Friday evening series is held at 8:15 p.m. at the Upper Tinicum Lutheran Church off Route 32, one mile north of the Frenchtown Bridge.  The Sunday 3 p.m. concerts are at Delaware Valley University’s Life Sciences Building Auditorium, 700 East Butler Avenue, State Street exit, off the Route 611 bypass in Doylestown. These concerts are supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts.

INFO Friday 8:15pm, Sunday 3:00pm, Friday: Upper Black Eddy, Sunday: Doylestown
10/8

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes - Lehigh Valley

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes - Lehigh Valley presented by Air Products is one of the American Diabetes Association’s signature fundraising events, to help raise money to find a cure for nearly 29 million Americans living with diabetes and to help improve their lives. Meet us at the IronPigs Stadium at Coca Cola park to participate in a fun walk. Participants register and recruit co-workers, friends and family members to walk and raise money. The day of the event is a party to celebrate the fundraising accomplishments of our teams and individual participants as well as an opportunity to promote awareness about diabetes in the local community. To register for the walk or find our more information, please check out www.diabetes.org/lehighvalley.

INFO 8:00am-12:00pm, IronPigs Stadium at Coca Cola Park 1050 Ironpigs Way, Allentown, PA 18109
10/8

5th Annual BAVTS Car Show

Join the Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School as they hold their 5th Annual Car Show on Saturday, October 8th starting at 10am. The show will be held on school grounds and will feature multiple food vendors, craft vendors, a Chinese basket auction and live music! Registration runs from 10am-Noon and is $15 in advance or $20 day of show, the show will be held rain or shine. All proceeds benefit SkillsUSA competitors. For more information visit www.bethlehemavts.org.

INFO 10:00am-3:30pm, Bethlehem Area Vo-Tech School, 3300 Chester Ave, Bethlehem, PA
10/8

Autumn’s Aromas

Every season has distinctive smells and Darryl loves to sniff them out. On Saturday, October 8, join him at 10am for this 1 ½ hour olfactory walk as he shares some of his favorite smells around Kettle Creek.  Cost: $6/non-members, $4/children under 12.  EE Center members FREE.

 

For more information, call the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center at (570) 629-3061, Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and most Saturdays from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.  For more information on other programs we offer visit our website at www.mcconservation.org.

INFO 10:00am, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
10/8

Indie Author Day

Calling All Local Writers! Join Lower Macungie Library on October 8, 2016 as libraries across North America and their local writing communities come together for the first annual Indie Author Day. What is Indie Author Day? During Indie Author Day, libraries from all over will be hosting unique events centered around indie writing and publishing. LML is excited to have the Greater Lehigh Valley Writer’s Group (GLVWG) come and have a panel discussion on Indie publishing. The GLVWG will also present a program on publishing in the 21st century. Then, at 2 PM, all participating libraries will come together for an hour long digital Q&A webcast featuring writers, agents, and other industry leaders. Contact Lower Macungie Library at 610-966-6864 for more information.

INFO 2:00pm, Lower Macungie Library
10/8

Spaghetti Dinner

Stop by the Coplay Fire Co. as they hold a Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Forgotten Felines & Fidos on Saturday, October 8th from 4pm-7pm. The dinner is all you can eat, Adults are $7 and children 10 and under are $5. For more information please visit www.forgottenfelines.org.

INFO 4:00pm-7:00pm, Coplay Fire CO. 153 Cherry Street, Coplay Pa 18037
10/13

LCCC Offers CPR Class

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) is holding a noncredit class offered by the American Health and Safety Institute (ASHI) at LCCC’s Schnecksville campus. This CPR/ AED (automated external defibrillator) Adult and Child class will be held Oct. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.; cost is $60. Students will learn basic CPR and use of AED to assist in saving lives during emergency situations.

 

For noncredit course and registration information, call 610-799-1197, email ncregistrar@mymail.lccc.edu or visit LCCC’s website at www.lccc.edu.  

INFO 6:00pm-8:00pm, LCCC’s Schnecksville campus
10/16

Bingo

Join the Ladies' Auxiliary for a Bingo night at the Souderton Firehous on Second St in Souderton. Doors open at noon and bingo starts at 1pm, tickets are $15. Refreshments will be available, door prizes will also be given away. For more information please call 215-721-3167.

INFO 1:00pm, Souderton Firehouse, Second St Souderton
10/16

Island Park: Bygone Pleasure Ground

Bob Pasquini former Locktender at the National Canal Museum, has a secret passion: collecting facts and photos about Island Park, a 19th century 100-acre amusement center on an island in the middle of the Lehigh River, between Williams Township and Palmer Township. Bob will share his knowledge and photos at the fall meeting of the Williams Township Historical Society on Sunday, October 16th at 3pm in the social room of St. John's Church of Morgan Hill at 2720 Morgan Hill Rd. The public is welcome, as usual, contributions to the goody table are appreciated. The audience is encouraged to share their own memories and photos. For information and directions, call 610-253-8951.

INFO 3:00pm, St. John's Church of Morgan Hill, 2720 Morgan Hill Rd
10/16

The Lehigh Valley Beatles Showcase V

THE LEHIGH VALLEY BEATLES SHOWCASE V

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF LEHIGH VALLEY MUSICIANS PERFORMING THE MUSIC OF THE BEATLES’

 ARTSQUEST CENTER MUSIKFEST CAFÉ

ON THE STEELSTACKS CAMPUS, 101 FOUNDERS WAY, BETHLEHEM, PA.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2016. SHOW TIME 4-7:30 pm. DOORS OPEN 3:15 pm

 

MASTERS OF CEREMONIES:

*RICK MICHAELS/99.9 THE HAWK & *A.J. FRITZ/93.1 WLVR

FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY:

*MIKE DUGAN’S CLASSIC ROCK REVUE

*LOU FRANCO PROJECT w/JACQUI ARMBRUSTER

*MATT ROMAN & THE HEARD w/THE DUTCH & REBECCA ROMAN

*THE SWINGTIME DOLLS - *BEYOND EDEN w/MOJO

*THE SCHOOL OF ROCK/BANK STREET BAND

*JIM STEAGER w/JUSTINE GARDNER & BRIAN BERLANDA

*SCOTT ERICKSON – *THE ERIN KELLY TRIO - *JIMI LEARY w/ASHLYN LEARY

*THE LESSON CENTER w/SPECIAL GUESTS

JAMES SUPRA – SARAH AYERS - LORI ROBERTS - JORDYN KENZIE – CHRIS EICHLIN

*THE LVBS BAND GRANDE FINALE w/SPECIAL GUESTS

SCOTT MARSHALL - ALLIE SANTOS – CONNIE EDINGER

 

 PURCHASED YOUR TICKETS AT www.steelstacks.org

$20 - $29 IN ADVANCE / $24 - $35 AT THE DOOR - CHILDREN 5 & UNDER FREE

*PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT LOCAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS & MUSIC PROGRAMS

INFO 4:00pm-7:30pm, Musikfest Café at ArtsQuest, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA 18015
10/21

Bus Trip to Longwood Gardens

On Friday, October 21, don’t miss this opportunity to see Longwood Gardens—first in all its daytime glory, then watch the Gardens “transform into a living canvas where light dances with shadow, music fills the air, and your imagination soars.  Experience a new kind of beauty as you immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and spectacle of Longwood after dark.”  Bring a lunch and ride there in style in our 14-passenger bus.  Dinner can be purchased from Longwood Gardens café, restaurant, or the popular Beer Garden for pub-type fare.  Our day will start with a 1-hour guided tour, then participants can roam the Gardens at their leisure.  Be sure to wear walking shoes and dress for the weather.  Meet at the EE Center at 11 am.  Return time approximately 11 pm.  Cost: $50/EE Center member, $60/non-member which includes admission, guided tour, and bus transportation.  Our bus and Longwood Gardens are accessible to those with disabilities.   Pre-registration and payment are required and limited.  Refunds will be given only if notification is made at least one week prior to the trip.  Pre-payment must be received by Friday, October 14. 

To pre-register for the program, please call the Center at (570) 629-3061, Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 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 11:00am, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
10/22

"All You Can Eat" Ham Dinner

The Egypt Community Church invites you to attend their 2016 "All You Can Eat" Ham Dinner. It will be held on Saturday, October 22nd from 4:30pm-6:30pm on the Church grounds at 4129 S. Church St in Whitehall. All procceds from this dinner will go to support their Mission Ministries. Take-outs are available, please contact 610-262-4961 for ticket pricing and information.

INFO 4:30pm-6:30pm, Egypt Community Church, 4129 S. Church St, Whitehall, PA
10/24

21st Annual Pennsylvania Pork Taste of Elegance Chef Competition

The Pennsylvania TASTE OF ELEGANCE is turning 21 this year!  Hosted by the Pennsylvania Pork Producers Council, the competition is open to chefs working full-time in food service operations and provides an opportunity for chefs to highlight their establishment and culinary creativity with pork.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers, with first place receiving $1,000 and an invitation to attend the National Pork Board 2016 Pork Summit (pending approval).  The 2015 Pork Summit was held at the Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone Campus in St. Helena, California.  

 

To participate, chefs must complete an entry form and submit their pork-focused recipes by Monday, July 25, 2016.  Recipes submitted will be pre-judged and based on entry forms up to 15 chefs will be selected to compete at the event on Monday, October 24, 2016 at the ArtsQuest Center’s Musikfest Café, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.  All proceeds from the event will benefit ArtsQuest, a nonprofit organization providing access to art, culture and educational programs for residents of the Lehigh Valley. 

 

Entry forms can be downloaded at http://www.WellnessPress.com/Events or requested by email from Denice@WellnessPress.com.  All finalists will be notified of selection by Friday, July 29, 2016.

 

On October 24, a public reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Musikfest Cafe following the chef competition.  This ticketed event will include an announcement of winners and allow attendees to meet the chefs and sample their entry entrees.  An August press release will announce the competing chefs and provide additional details regarding the public reception.

INFO 6:00pm-8:00pm, Musikfest Café at ArtsQuest, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA 18015
10/30

3rd Annual Trunk or Treat & Craft Fair

Join Cedar Crest College as the host their 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat & Craft Fair on Sunday, October 30th from 12pm-4pm. The event is for children of all ages and will feature vehicles decorated by the Cedar Crest community as well as local businesses showcasing what the area has to offer. The Trunk or Treat runs from 1pm-3pm and the Craft Fair runs from 12pm-4pm. Both events are free and open to the entire community! For more infotmation on these events email StudentAffairs@CedarCrest.edu or call 610-606-4680.

INFO 12:00pm-4:00pm, Cedar Crest College
10/31

Halterman's Trunk or Treat

Bring the kids out to Halterman's Toyota on Halloween Night (Monday, October 31st) from 5:30 to 7:30 to trick or treat in a safe environment for goodies from Herr's Snack Foods, coupon for free ice cream cone from McDonald's and candy from Halterman's!  Parents can enjoy a Pig Roast from Bubba Butch BBQ while the kids have fun.

INFO 5:30pm-7:30pm, Halterman's Toyota Scion & Mitsubishi - East Stroudsburg
11/4

Daybreak Spaghetti Dinner

Give the cook a night off and enjoy an Italian dinner in support of the Daybreak drop-in center, which gives adults living with mental illness or physical disabilities and those struggling with addiction or HIV/AIDS a place to belong. Pasta with meat sauce, salad, garlic bread, and desserts will be served (vegetarian option: eggplant parmesan) at . Tickets: Adults, $12; seniors, $10; children (4-12); order form at: http://lehighchurches.org/event/daybreak-dinner/. Takeout available: $25 feeds a family of 4 (pasta, meat sauce, and garlic bread); call Christina DiPierro at 610-820-5049 to order in advance. Pay and pick up between 5:30 and 7:30 PM on 11/4. Daybreak teaches life skills, serves three meals a day, and provides educational, vocational, and recreational opportunities.

INFO 5:30pm-7:00pm, First Presbyterian Church 3231 Tilghman Street Allentown, PA 18104
11/10

Linny Awards

For more than a quarter-century, Marlene ‘Linny’ Fowler of Bethlehem worked tirelessly to elevate the Lehigh Valley’s arts organizations and artists through her volunteerism and her support. Now, the region has the opportunity to celebrate this flourishing arts community and honor Fowler’s memory by taking part in the Linny Awards, a new multi-discipline arts awards program focused on the greater Lehigh Valley’s artists, innovators and arts leaders.

 

The inaugural Linny Awards presented by Cornerstone Advisors will be presented Nov. 10, 6 p.m., at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, with all proceeds from the event going to support the nonprofit ArtsQuest Foundation, founded in 2002 by Mrs. Fowler. From now through June 3, the public is invited to nominate artists, individuals and businesses at artsquestfoundation.org for consideration in eight different award categories including Visual Artist of the Year, Performing Artist of the Year, Educator of the Year, Emerging Artist of the Year and Philanthropy in the Arts.  All submissions will be reviewed by the Linny Awards Selection Committee, with winners announced the week of June 20. Complete details on categories and submission guidelines are available at artsquestfoundation.org.

 

In addition to the honorees chosen by the selection committee, the ArtsQuest Foundation Board will present three prestigious awards that recognize distinguished individuals from the region for their longtime commitment and dedication to the arts. The recipients of these awards - the Lifetime Achievement Artist Award, Lifetime Achievement Volunteer Award and the Pinnacle of the Arts Award - will be announced later this spring.

 

“The arts have long been a significant contributor to the culture, economy and quality of life in the Lehigh Valley,” says ArtsQuest Foundation Executive Director Jeff Parks. “The Linny Awards are designed to celebrate this culture of creativity by recognizing the artists, arts educators, businesses and philanthropists who live, work and support the arts in our region.

 

“One of the primary reasons the arts are thriving in our area is the support of Marlene ‘Linny’ Fowler. A longtime member of the ArtsQuest Foundation Board, Linny supported so many arts programs and organizations in our region over the decades. In addition to serving on the boards of arts organizations such as the Allentown Art Museum, Baum School of Art, State Theatre and ArtsQuest, she was a mentor to many artists and was actively involved in a number of arts programs benefitting our young people, so it’s fitting that these awards are named in her honor.” 

 

As part of the Linny Awards, the ArtsQuest Foundation will also recognize the creativity and support of the region’s business community through two special honors. The first, the Excellence in Product Design Award, will honor one Lehigh Valley-based business or corporation for the quality, innovativeness and creativity of its goods and products. The second, the Business Supporter of the Arts Award, will be presented to one small, one medium and one large-sized business (three in all) for their long-term support of the arts.

 

Thanks to a partnership with Penn State Lehigh Valley, the Linnys will also present a $1,500 scholarship to Penn State Lehigh Valley to one local student planning to major in Arts Administration. The award, which will be presented annually, is open to students in 11th and 12th grades.

 

Members of the Linny Awards Selection Committee for 2016 include MKSD Architects Associate Partner Todd Chambers, Quadrant Private Wealth Director of Business Advisory Services Dan Crowley, Broadway and television actress and director Lynnie Godfrey, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Sr. Vice President of Allentown Initiatives Miriam Huertas, The Elucidator Publisher and Connexions Gallery Curator/Manager Anthony Marraccini, Musselman Advertising President Jamie Musselman, ArtsQuest Foundation Executive Director Jeff Parks, DANCENOW New York Artistic Director and Producer Robin Staff and Lehigh University Director of Arts Engagement and Community Cultural Affairs Silagh White.

 

Linny Award nominations may be submitted for artists, organizations and businesses in Lehigh, Northampton, Upper Bucks and Upper Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania, as well as Warren County in New Jersey.  Tickets for the Linny Awards Ceremony will go on sale to the public later this spring, with all proceeds from the event going to support the ArtsQuest Foundation, established to strengthen the long-term sustainability of ArtsQuest, the nonprofit that presents Musikfest and more than 2,200 other programs, events and educational classes annually.

 

“ArtsQuest continues to expand access to the arts and arts programming in our region with each passing year,” says ArtsQuest Foundation Board Chair Jack Yaissle. “Amazingly, nearly 70 percent of the organization’s arts and cultural programs remain free for our community to attend. This annual awards ceremony not only celebrates our diverse arts community, it will also help raise much-needed revenues for our endowment funds supporting ArtsQuest, which now has an economic impact on our region of more than $117 million annually.”

The inaugural Linny Award categories are:

 

VISUAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Honoring a Lehigh Valley visual artist whose work embodies excellence in its field. This category includes but is not limited to two- and three-dimensional visual arts such as painting, sculpture, digital, fiber, glass, ceramics, jewelry, metal and photography, as well as designers of fashion, musical instruments, furniture and other handcrafted works.


PERFORMING ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Recognizing a Lehigh Valley performing artist whose work symbolizes excellence in its field. This category includes but is not limited to theater, film, dance and other forms of performance art, animation, comedy and music, as well as the literary arts, playwrights and screenwriters.

 

EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Celebrating an artist 30 years of age or younger who demonstrates excellence in his/her field. This award is designed to honor an up-and-coming artist or an artist who has had a breakthrough year, and through his or her work has contributed to the region’s culture and community in a very positive way.

 

ARTS EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
Dedicated to a Lehigh Valley-based educator, teaching artist or arts administrator who has made a profound impact on students and/or the community through his or her work in the arts. This award is open to any individual working with students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle or high school.

 

PHILANTHROPY IN THE ARTS AWARD
Recognizing an individual, family or foundation that has made a major commitment to supporting multiple arts and cultural organizations or programs in the region, and through their work has truly enhanced access to the arts and the quality of life in our region.

 

EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCT DESIGN
The Lehigh Valley is home to a diverse array of businesses producing dynamic and innovative consumer, business, medical and technology-based products. The Excellence in Product Design Award annually recognizes one Lehigh Valley-based business or corporation for the quality, innovativeness and creativity of its products or goods.

 

BUSINESS SUPPORTER OF THE ARTS

Presented annually to three area businesses for their dedication and support of arts and culture in the region for five or more years. The award is given to businesses that have a presence in or do the majority of their business in the region. Eligibility categories are:

Small Business:  under 100 employees
Medium-Size Business:  100-199 employees
Large Business:  200 employees or more

 

PENN STATE LEHIGH VALLEY SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
The $1,500 Penn State Lehigh Valley Scholarship Award will be presented annually to one student in the region who demonstrates significant talent and promise in the visual, literary or performing arts and is looking to pursue a degree in Arts Administration. High school juniors and seniors are eligible for this award.

 

The following three awards will be selected by the ArtsQuest Foundation Board:

PINNACLE OF THE ARTS AWARD
This prestigious award is presented to an individual who has lived or currently resides in the Lehigh Valley and has achieved national or international distinction in the visual, literary or performing arts.

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT- Artist Award
Celebrating an artist whose work in the arts symbolizes the highest level of excellence, commitment and achievement in his/her field over a period of 20 years or more. This award is presented annually to an individual who has made significant, longtime contributions to the visual, literary or performing arts. 

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT - Volunteer Award
Recognizing one individual who has served in a volunteer leadership role in one or more arts organizations and whose hard work, dedication and passion for the arts have led to a significant difference for the organization(s) and our community.

 

For more information on the ArtsQuest Foundation and the Linny Awards, please visit www.artsquestfoundation.org

INFO 6:00pm, ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks
11/19

Take Back Your Voice 2

FOR THE SECOND YEAR, FLINTFACE BRINGS #TAKEBACKYOURVOICE TO THE STATE THEATRE STAGE

Local teen performers and bands will open the show; Proceeds will benefit the FREDDY© Awards

 

National recording artist FLINTFACE returns to the State Theatre for #TAKEBACKYOURVOICE 2 Concert on Saturday, November 19th.

 

Often found spreading the message of anti-bullying and empowerment to high schools across the country, including here in the Lehigh Valley, FLINTFACE brings his powerful message to a unique concert setting at the historic State Theatre.  FLINTFACE’s music combines energetic instrumentation, classic-rock bombast, and soulful melodies woven together into hopeful tales of the complex path of life.  His new album, HOPE is available now.

 

Tickets for the November 19th  concert are available now at www.statetheatre.org, by phone at 1-800-999-STATE (610-252-3132) or in person at the State Theatre Box Office, 453 Northampton Street in Easton. Showtime is 7 PM and tickets are $21 for Adults and $11 for students. Proceeds from the event will benefit the non-profit FREDDY© Awards program, which recognizes and rewards outstanding achievements in local high school musical theater.  The concert is sponsored by Viamedia, Yocco’s, 999 The Hawk, SPIN Radio 107.1, 69 WFMZ-TV and the Bo Tkach Foundation.

 

Looking for local teen bands/performers to participate

The goal of  #TAKEBACKYOURVOICE is to build up student’s confidence in knowing and loving who they are.  To that point, producers are looking for local, teen musicians and performers to open the show. All genres of performance are eligible. Teens ages 14 – 19, currently attending high school, can upload a performance video to YouTube tagged #TAKEBACKYOURVOICE. They must also fill out an application at  http://statetheatre.org/events/take-back-voice  and return to the State Theatre to be considered.  Application deadline is October 5th.

 

Based on the videos and applications, 10 acts will be invited to audition at the State Theatre on October 19th, where a panel of judges will choose the winners who will perform at the #TAKEBACKYOURVOICE 2 concert on the State Theatre stage.

 

#TAKEBACKYOURVOICE TIMELINE

 

Deadline October 5  #TAKEBACKYOURVOICE 2 CONTEST

Teens 14-19 enter by uploading performance video to YouTube with #TAKEBACKYOURVOICE and fill out the Application at www.statetheatre.org

 

 

October 19, 6 PM , State Theatre

10 finalists invited to audition for opening spots at the #TAKEBACKYOURVOICE 2 concert

 

 

November 19, 7 PM - #TAKEBACKYOUR VOICE 2 Concert

Live at the State Theatre. Tickets $21 adult and $11 student available at http://statetheatre.org/events/take-back-voice

INFO 7:00pm, State Theatre-Easton

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