Friday, Jan. 9€¢ Bingo will be held at the West End Youth Center, 848 N. 20th St., Allentown, at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Prizes will include Vera Bradley bags, Longaberger baskets and Boyds Bears. A Chinese auction and snack bar will also be available, as will child care. Tickets are $20 each (for 20 games), and will be available at the door. For more information call Andrea and Kurtis Freimuth at 610-653-8814.

Saturday, Jan. 10

€¢ A Christmas tree pick-up will be held in Hellertown from 8:30 to 11 a.m., when members of Mountainview Moravian Church will pick up Christmas trees in the Mountainview area and surrounding neighborhoods. All trees will be taken to the Hellertown-Lower Saucon Compost Center for disposal. Persons who wish that their trees be hauled away should place them at the curbline, in front of their residences. Residents are encouraged to place their trees at the curbline the evening before the pick-up. Mountainview Moravian Church members are performing this pick-up as a public service and for the convenience of the residents of the neighbor hood, as well as for the betterment of Hellertown.

Sunday, Jan. 11

€¢ The Appalachian Fiddle & Bluegrass Association will host its monthly bluegrass shindig at the Beethoven Waldheim Club, 1984 Waldheim Rd. (off Flint Hill Road), Hellertown, at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $7 for non-members and $6 for members. Children under 12 are admitted free. Refreshments will be available. This month's show will feature "Bluegrass Countrymen," "Mountain Heritage" and others. Parking is available on site. For more information visit www.afbawindgap.org or call 610-253-2800.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

€¢ The Lower Saucon Township Historical Society will sponsor an educational program about bats at their next meeting, to be held on Wednesday, Jan. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Seidersville Hall (Lower Saucon Municipal Complex), 3700 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bethlehem. The inspiration for the program came when members of the historical society discovered a colony of brown bats living in the attic of the Lutz-Franklin Schoolhouse in the township. This historic property is now under consideration for listing on the National Historic Register of Places. The historical society and township officials have determined that the bats will not be eradicated, as they provide a valuable contribution to the ecology of the area. At the workshop, Lower Saucon Township Councilwoman and Heritage Conservancy Community Educator Sandra Yerger will discuss a plan to encourage a plan to encourage these brown bats to move into specially-constructed "bat condos." All interested individuals are invited to attend this information presentation. For more information call 610-625-8771 or e-mail lutzfran@lutzfranklin.com, or visit www.lutzfranklin.com.

Announcements

€¢ The Art Gallery at Falk's, 1418 Main St., Hellertown, is presently exhibiting oil and watercolor paintings by Betty Allender. The exhibit will continue through Jan. 23. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. to noon.

€¢ The Heller Homestead Art Gallery, 1890-92 Friedensville Rd., Lower Saucon Twp., is currently exhibiting the landscapes and local scenes of Zionsville artist Donna Needs, who paints in oil and acrylic. The exhibit will continue through Jan. 25. The gallery is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 to 4 p.m., throughout the winter season.

€¢ The City of Bethlehem has announced that the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink, located on Illick's Mill Road, is now open for the season. Admission is $4.50 for youth and senior citizens and $5 for adults. Skate rentals are available for $2.50. Season passes are available for both residents and non-residents, and may be purchased at the rink or in the Recreation Office, Room 506, City Hall, 10 E. Church St. Skating lessons are offered Monday through Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings at the rink. Sign-ups will be accepted at the rink or at City Hall. For more information, call the Recreation Office at 610-865-7081 or the rink at 610-865-7104.

€¢ Northampton Community College is inviting area residents to enjoy the convenience of taking courses online. All that is needed is Internet access, an e-mail address and a Web browser. Courses run for six to eight weeks, and new sessions begin monthly. Courses add up to 24 hours of instruction. Interactive quizzes, tutorials, assignments, and the opportunity to ask and receive answers to questions are included. Upon completion of each course, students will receive a certificate. Computer applications, database management, accounting, graphic design, writing and publishing, sales and marketing, personal development, and other courses are available. The next NCC online class session will take place from Jan. 21 to Feb. 27. For information about fees, registration and orientation, call 610-861-4141 or visit www.ed2go.com/ncc-pro.

€¢ The Bethlehem Area Public Library has announced that parents of babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers may begin registering their children for the library's daytime storytime program. The Main Library, 11 W. Church St., Bethlehem, offers nine classes a week. The South Side Branch, 400 Webster St., has added a Babies Time for children ages six to 24 months, at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays. The branch also schedules Family Time at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays. This free five-week program begins the last week in January.

Pre-registration is required at both locations. Call the Main Library at 610-867-3761 ext. 499 or the South Side Branch at 610-867-7852 to register. A complete schedule is available online at www.bapl.org.

€¢ The Saucon Valley Conservancy will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. and its barn tour and barn preservation meeting on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at the historic Heller Homestead, 1890-92 Friedensville Road (Water Street), Lower Saucon Township. Meetings are open to the public and are held weather-permitting. For more information, call 610-216-0566, e-mail svconservancy@aol.com, or visit www.sauconvalleyconservancy.org. Monthly conservancy meetings are usually held on the second Thursday, and barn tour and barn preservation meetings are usually held on the third Thursday. No meetings are held in July and December. Interested persons are invited to attend. Volunteers are needed.

€¢ The Bethlehem Area Public Library will sponsor its annual "Winter Blahs Book Sale" on Thursday, Jan. 15 from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Warm up your winter evenings with a good book, some fine music, or an entertaining movie, all of which can be booked up at the sale. Located in the Ground Floor Book Sale Room of the Main Library, 11 W. Church St., Bethlehem, the sale will feature more than 10,000 books, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks at low prices. Everything is arranged by author or subject. Most credit cards are accepted. All proceeds benefit the library. For more information call 610-867-3761 or visit www.bestbooksale.org. Book donations may be dropped off at the library when ever the library is open. Only materials in good to excellent condition are accepted for resale.

€¢ Lower Saucon U.C.C. in Hellertown will sponsor a Soup and Shoofly Pie Sale on Saturday, Jan. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Assorted quarts of soup will be available for $6 each. Pies, also available for $6 each, should be pre-ordered by Thursday, Jan. 15 by calling 610-838-9350 or 610-258-1950.

€¢ A book-signing for Hellertown historian Lee A. Weidner's new book, "Saucon Secrets, Vol. I," will be held at the new ATT store in the Giant Shopping Center, Leithsville Road, Hellertown, on Saturday, Jan. 17 from 1 to 5 p.m. Weidner is a noted author whose local history columns are featured weekly in The Saucon News. Proceeds from the sales of the book will help benefit local historical organizations.

€¢ The Beethoven Waldheim Club, 1984 Waldheim Rd., Hellertown, will hold an "Oldies Dance" on Saturday, Jan. 17 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the banquet hall. Tickets are $20 each. Features of the dance will include a DJ playing nothing but sock-hop music, a buffet, beer and soda. A cash bar will also be available. Dress-up in period attire is optional. For tickets call 610-838-9004 or stop by the club. More information is available online at www.waldheimclub.com.

€¢ The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DeSales University will host its fourth annual Heritage Week at DeSales Sunday, Jan. 18 through Thursday, Jan. 22. The Heritage Week is a series of events celebrating the legacy of St. Francis de Sales, the patron of the university. This year will mark the 400th anniversary of the publishing of St. Francis de Sales' "An Introduction to the Devout Life," which Rev. Thomas Dailey, director of the Salesian Center, says "is considered his masterpiece and offers profound insight into how every person can live a life of faith and devotion, even in the midst of worldly pursuits." The lineup of speakers and events for Heritage Week will begin with the Rev. Msgr. Stuart Swetland, vice president of Mount Saint Mary's Seminary in Maryland, who will serve as guest celebrant and homilist on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. for the Mass of St. Francis de Sales in the Connelly Chapel. On Monday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the White Pavilion, DeSales University Center, the Baranzano Society on Bioethics will present a public forum on human dignity and bioethics featuring Peter Lawler, a member of the President's Council on Bioethics. On Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m., a literary roundtable discussion on "An Introduction to the Devout Life" will be held in the White Pavilion. Featured guests will include Joanne McKeown, professor of French at Moravian College; Rev. Bernard Bangley, author; and Fr. Donald Heet, director of pastoral studies at The Catholic University of America. On Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m., in the White Pavilion, internationally known journalist, producer and author Raymond Arroyo will participate in a town hall discussion on media and social communications. Arroyo is best known for his work as host of EWTN's program, "The World Over." Finally, on Thursday, Jan. 22, in the White Pavilion, author, philosopher and theologian Michael Novak will present this year's R. Wayne Kraft Memorial Lecture at 8 p.m. A former U.S. ambassador, Novak holds the George Frederick Jewett Chair in Religion and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute. All of the events at Heritage Week are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Salesian Center at 610-282-1100, ext. 1244.

€¢ A week-long celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be held at Northampton Community College beginning Monday, Jan. 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., when NCC dance and drama students will share arts, crafts, face-painting, storytelling and dance activities with students from Fountain Hill and Donegan elementary schools as part of a day of service. The activities will take place at NCC's Fowler Family Southside Center, 511 E. Third St., Bethlehem. On Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., NCC's Student Senate and the honor society Phi Theta Kappa will debate "Health Care: Who Should Provide It?" at the center. On Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 3 to 4 p.m., jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller will give a talk and demonstration about the ways in which King has shaped his life. First Sergeant Dalton Pinnock will speak about "Serving Your Community in the Military." And on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., at the Lipkin Theatre, Kopecek Hall, Main Campus, 3835 Green Pond Rd., Bethlehem, drama and dance inspired by the words and pictures of Fountain Hill and Donegan elementary school students will be performed by NCC dance and drama students. Prose and poetry contest winners will read their works, and a guest keynote speaker (to be announced) will address the audience. For more information about the events planned in honor of Dr. King call 610-861-5300.

€¢ The Bethlehem Area Public Library has announced that it will sponsor two programs for adults who want to get organized and get a better job, later this month. A resume workshop will be held on Jan. 22 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the library, 11 W. Church St., Bethlehem. Learn how to craft a successful resume that gets results. On Jan. 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the library will host "Get Organized!" This program will teach adults about how to eliminate clutter from their homes and office spaces. Both programs are free, and registration is suggested. Call 610-867-3761 ext. 259 or e-mail eholzinger@bapl.org to register, or visit www.bapl.org for more information and a complete schedule of adult programs being offered at the library this winter.

€¢ Registration for the Spring 2009 Hellertown-Lower Saucon Little League baseball and softball seasons will take place Jan. 24, Feb. 7 and Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon, and Jan. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Saucon Valley Middle School cafeteria. Boys ages 5 to 16 and girls ages 5 to 12 are eligible. For information about registering contact Chris Moughan (baseball) at 610-838-0143 or Cindy Petsch (softball) at 610-838-4917 or go to http://eteamz.active.com/HLSLL/

€¢ The Hellertown-Lower Saucon Chamber of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce will honor Dr. James Sturm at its 87th Annual Banquet, to be held Saturday, Jan. 24 at Saucon Valley Acres. Sturm, a former Lehigh University professor and a longtime volunteer and member of various local civic organizations, will receive the HLS chamber's 2009 Distinguished Service Award at the banquet, in recognition of his contributions to life in the Saucon Valley area. A 7 p.m. dinner program, to be preceded by a cocktail hour beginning at 6 p.m., is planned. Dancing will be held till 11 p.m. Tickets are $50 each. For more information, or to reserve tickets, contact Ellie Passman-Hock, VP of Regional Councils, at 610-841-5804.

€¢ The Lutheran Academy will sponsor Boyds Bear Basket Bingo on Friday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at the West End Youth Center, 20th and Greenleaf sts., Allentown. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Food, raffles and great prizes will be available. Proceeds will benefit the Lutheran Academy, a non-profit organization. Tickets are $20 each. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 610-841-4144.

€¢ St. Theresa's School in Hellertown has announced that it will sponsor Basket Bingo on Saturday, Jan. 31 (snow date: Feb. 14). Doors will open at 6 p.m. and bingo will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, and will be available at the door for $25. Refreshments, a Chinese auction and specials will be available. Call Lisa Holub at 610-861-7399 or Audrey Pepe at 610-282-3987 for tickets or sponsorship information.

€¢ Hellertown Lions Club will host a Basket Bingo Fundraiser to benefit the various blind/hearing-impaired charities funded by the Lions on Sunday, March 15, 2009, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Dewey Fire Company Social Hall, 502 Durham St., Hellertown. The event will feature 20 games for $20, four special games, a Chinese auction and a 50/50. Refreshments will be available. For more information call Lion Joe at 610-838-9373 or Lion John at 610-868-9425.

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