Thursday, June 26€¢ Saucon Creek Watershed Association will host a presentation highlighting the preliminary findings of a Saucon Creek assessment, conducted with the help of the Lehigh County Conservation District. Watershed Specialist Rebecca Kennedy will offer a slide presentation and a PowerPoint presentation that will review Lehigh University Geology Department's findings on streambank erosion. Both presentations will be made at the Lower Saucon Township Municipal Building at 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 28

€¢ The YWCA of Bethlehem will sponsor its second annual 5K Race Against Racism at 9:15 a.m. This family-friendly 5K supports the YWCA's Racial Justice Initiative, which includes study circles and reading circles that create open dialogue on issues of racism and cultural diversity. Professional timing will be provided by Pinnacle Race Management. Runners and walkers are encouraged to pre-register by calling 610-867-4669, or by downloading registration forms at www.ywcabethlehem5k.org. Following the race, an awards ceremony will be held at 10:15 a.m., with prizes given to the top male and female runners in each age category. The race route will take participants through downtown Bethlehem and the adjoining colonial industrial quarter.

€¢ Saucon Creek Watershed Association has announced that rain barrel kits are now available to interested residents at a cost of $25 per kit. Each kit includes instructions for assembling a 55 gallon drum, along with all of the components needed to construct a rain barrel. Rain barrels are water-saving devices which are both economical and practical. Water can be saved and used to hydrate plants, thus reducing dependency on groundwater resources and the potential for pollution of local waterways. The rain barrel project is an initiative of the Saucon Creek Watershed Association in collaboration with the Lehigh County Conservation District, Upper and Lower Saucon townships' environmental advisory councils, and Coca-Cola Bottling Company. The next kit pick-up is scheduled for noon on June 28 at Seidersville Hall, 3700 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bethlehem (Lower Saucon Township Municipal Complex). A workshop on how to assemble the rain barrel will be held at 1 p.m. on June 28. Additional dates will be announced later this summer. For more information, or to order a kit, contact the conservation district's Erin Frederick at 610-391-9583 ext.25.

€¢ The First Pennsylvania Mustang Club will present "Quakertown Memories," a car show, starting at Erie Avenue and North Third Street in Quakertown from 4 to 9 p.m. Live music will be provided by Flamin' Dick and the Hot Rods. Vehicle pre-registration is $15. Registration on the day of the show (held from 2 to 4 p.m.) will be $20. Awards will be presented at 8:30 p.m. All makes, models and years will be welcomed, however, all vehicles must be present at the show until 9 p.m. No burn outs, skate-boards, bikes or pets will be allowed. For information about the show, call Ed Slavin at 215-529-7647. For information about vehicle registration, call Chris Hall at 610-656-5470.

Sunday, June 29

€¢ The Saucon Valley Farmers' Market will sponsor its First Annual Egg Toss Contest at Water Street Park in Hellertown. Hosted by Bud Prosser and Shelley Goldberg, this event will challenge those of all ages to toss an egg without breaking it, using ingenuity. Sign-ups will be available at the market, which is open Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded.

Monday, June 30

€¢ The Saucon Valley Partnership's Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Planning and Steering Committee will sponsor a Comprehensive Plan Public Meeting in the Saucon Valley School District Campus Audion Room at Saucon Valley High School at 6:30 p.m. Over the past 18 months, Lower Saucon Township, Hellertown and the school district have participated in a partnership to prepare a Multi'Municipal Comprehensive Plan. The plan provides recommendations pertaining to a shared vision for future community planning and policy concepts. Members of the public are invited to attend this meeting, at which residents will have the opportunity to discuss recommendations and provide feedback. For more information, call Lower Saucon Township at 610-865-3291 or the Borough of Hellertown at 610-838-7041.

Announcements

€¢ Kaplan test preparation service has announced the dates of Saucon Valley prep classes for the upcoming October test dates. Classes will be held at Saucon Valley High School, 2100 Polk Valley Rd., Hellertown, from Sept. 3 to Oct. 1, on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. The class code for the Saucon Valley course is: SAAN8517. To enroll, or for more information, call 1-800-KAPTEST.

€¢ Upper Saucon Township's 2008 Music in the Park series will continue on Thursday, June 26 with a performance by the Sarah Ayers Band (www.sara-hayersband.com) at the Upper Saucon Township Community Park pavilion on Preston Lane (across from Southern Lehigh Public Library). All performances will be held Thursdays at 7 p.m. On July 10 the Emerald City Celtic Band will perform (www.emeraldcityceltic.com). On July 24 Sounds of Swing will perform (www.sounds-ofswing.com). On Aug. 14 the Billy Bauer Band will perform (www.billybauerband.com). And on Aug. 28 the Donovan Roberts Duo will perform (www.donovanrobertsduo.com). For more information about the concert schedule, visit www.uppersaucon.org or call 610-282-1171.

€¢ The Hellertown Enhancement Project (HEP) is once again sponsoring its Second Sunday Music in the Park concert series in Dimmick Park, Hellertown. On July 13, the Bethlehem Municipal Band will perform at 7 p.m., with a 6 p.m. pre-show featuring acoustic duo Sal Ritz and Joan Mixon. On Aug. 10, Jump City Jazz will perform at 7 p.m. This year marks the 75th anniversary of Dimmick Park, and area residents are invited to attend this free concert series, which highlights one of Hellertown's most prized assets: its public park system. Lawn chairs and/or blankets are recommended for those who plan to attend. Refreshments, including ice cream sundaes, will be available for purchase at the pavilion, courtesy of the local Lions clubs and Saucon Valley Rotary Club. New this year is a quilt raffle. Tickets for the raffle will be for sale at the concerts.

€¢ Rave Motion Pictures at The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley has announced its free Summer Movie Series schedule, which is available online at www.ravemotionpictures.com. The schedule is as follows: July 1-2, Shrek The Third; July 8-9, Fire House Dog; July 15-16, Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A Veggie Tales Movie; July 22-23, Charlotte's Web; July 29-30, Surf's Up. All movies show during this series are rated G or PG and will be shown in digital. All movies will be shown on Tuesday and Wednesday, at 10 a.m. Seating is limited, and guests will be admitted on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call 610-709-8635 or go online. This year's summer movie series is sponsored by Rave and Maggie Moo's Ice Cream Treatery at The Promenade Shops, located in Center Valley.

€¢ The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley will host "Tunes in Town Square" throughout the summer. Enjoy free, live music in the amphitheater seating area in Town Square (next to Starbucks). All performances will begin at 7 p.m. On July 3, Kids for America featuring the Gilbert Family will perform a variety of song and dance numbers with a patriotic theme; on July 17, Brian Xander will perform country and classic rock on acoustic guitar; and on July 31, Sal Ritz and Joe Mixon will perform classic rock and blues on acoustic guitar. All performances will be held weather permitting.

€¢ The Bethlehem Area Public Library will host "Story and a Craft" for elementary school age children on July 9 at 11 a.m. at the Main Library, 11 W. Church St. "Crafts and Stories" will be held at the South Side Branch, 400 Webster St., each Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. throughout the summer. On July 10, bring your family to a "Beach Party" at the South Side Branch at 6:30 p.m. Stories, games, crafts and snacks will be included at this free program. And on July 11, bring toddlers ages one to three to a "Toddler Play Date" at the Main Library at 10 a.m. Siblings are invited, too. For more information on these upcoming events, and on the library's summer reading program, "Catch the Reading Bug," visit www.bapl.org, or call the Main Library at 610-867-3761 ext. 499 or the South Side Branch at 610-867-7852.

€¢ Southside Bethlehem will host its monthly "First Friday" event on July 11, due to fireworks scheduled for July 4. July's theme will be "Celebrate Independence as Business Owners." Many Southside businesses will be open late for First Friday.

€¢ Women in Art in PA is seeking vendors for a July 12 Pet Fair to be held at Merchants Square Mall in Allentown. The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vendors are needed for pet day cares, animal rescues, seeing eye dog services, cat clinics, holistic pet care, pet babysitting and animal adoption services. A Pet Owner Look-ALike Contest will be held in conjunction with this event, along with a pet fashion show and rabies clinic. For more information, visit www.wiapia.org or call Gloria at 215-421-5644.

€¢ Christ Lutheran Church of Lower Saucon will hold its annual picnic in the church grove on July 12 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by a live band, and there will be children's games, a cakewalk and a raffle featuring a handmade quilt, cash and plenty of gift certificates. Picnic food will be served. Bring your friends and family (and lawn chairs or blankets) and enjoy a night of food, fun and fellowship. The church is located just two minutes east of Hellertown on Easton Road. For more information, call the church office at 610-838-7370.

€¢ St. James Lutheran Church , 333 E. Oxford St., Coopersburg, is accepting registrations for Vacation Bible School, to be held at the church July 14 to July 18, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This year, children ages three through sixth grade will take part in a "Rainforest Adventure." Registrations must be completed by July 1. Call 610-282-3290 to register or for more information. This school is sponsored by The Southern Lehigh Lutheran Churches. All are welcome to attend.

€¢ Dewey Fire Company's Annual Carnival will be held at Dimmick Park in Hellertown Tuesday, July 15 through Saturday, July 19. The carnival will open each evening at 6 p.m. Live musical events, rides, concessions, games and fireworks will all be included as part of the festivities. The carnival is Dewey Fire Company No. One's only major annual fundraising event. For further information about the carnival, or arranging a sponsorship, contact the fire company at 610-838-9072.

€¢ Historic Bethlehem will host its 23rd annual Blueberry Festival July 18-20 at Burnside Plantation, 1461 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem. Live music, a craft fair, and lots of blueberry-themed food will be offered. Tickets prices will be: $8 for adults; $7 for seniors; $4 for children ages 12 to 16; and children 11 and under admitted free. Three-day festival passes may be purchased online at www.ticketweb.com. The festival will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday; from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday; and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. More information is available online at http://www.historicbethlehem.org/events/blueberry-festival.

€¢ The Young and Restless Travel Group is planning a trip to the Allenberry Playhouse in Boiling Springs, PA to see "Thoroughly Modern Millie" on July 30. The cost of the trip is $72 per person, which will include a ticket to the show, a buffet lunch and a stop at Ashcombe Farm and Greenhouses following the performance. Departure will be from Hellertown's Tobias Drive parking lot at 8:30 a.m., with pre-departure from the Trans-Bridge Bus Terminal in Bethlehem at 8 a.m. Return will be at 7 p.m. Call Fran at 610-838-9472 for more information. All Young and Restless trips are open to the public.

€¢ Women in Art in PA is seeking vendors for an Aug. 2 Spiritual Holistic Health Fair to be held at Merchants Square Mall in Allentown. The fair is scheduled to be hel from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Vendors for massage therapy, reike, health foods and juices, beauty products, soaps, jewelry, drumming, lotions, oils, candles, scarves, music, teas, gems, intuitive readers, cards, and other holistic products are being sought. For more information, visit www.wiapia.org or call Denise at 610-762-1069.

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