Every year around this time, high school seniors’ and juniors’ thoughts turn to the annual prom. Part of the enjoyment that goes with the prom is selecting a gown and accessories. For that reason many young women and their mothers have minimized the cost by shopping at the Pop-Up Prom Shop, where “nearly new” gowns sell for a mere $15 apiece. This year the Bethlehem YWCA hosted its thirteenth annual community prom dress day March 2, at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks.
While the Bethlehem Area School District was closed Jan. 30, Martin Luther King Day, Lincoln ES marked the occasion with a rich and engaging program that celebrated Dr. King and informed attendees about milestones in African American history and culture. Lincoln Principal Bonita Draper explained the goal was “to commemorate Dr. King’s legacy by participating in a day of service and giving back to the community.”
Clergy and parishioners of St. Anne’s Catholic Church gathered at noon Nov. 10 to celebrate a special Mass of Thanksgiving. The occasion was the 90th anniversary of the parish’s founding.
On Tuesday, Oct. 15, the New Bethany Souper Day Fundraiser drew 250 guests to the Event Center at Blue. Each year the event raises money needed by New Bethany Ministries to provide multiple services to needy people, including 37,000 hot meals annually, 3,200 showers, clothing, temporary housing and assistance finding permanent housing and employment, among other services.
There was something for everyone at the Harvest Festival on Main Street Oct. 5.
Children had their faces painted, adults could get a massage or throw an axe at a target 15 feet away, many visitors shopped for drinks, hand-crafted metal jewelry, framed paintings, and treats for their dogs.
Anyone driving past the main branch of the Bethlehem Area Public Library Friday afternoon would have been taken aback by the crowd that had assembled at Payrow Plaza. Many of the approximately 150 people were holding signs addressing the issue of climate change. In addition to local climate activists, there were some parents and their children. There was also a sizeable group of students from Lehigh University who were representing multiple clubs on campus concerned about climate change.
Small wonder that the sixth annual Apple Days Sept. 6 and 7 at Bethlehem’s Burnside Plantation was teeming with children. There were so many fun and interesting things to see and do.
In one tent, Jennifer Purcell invited children (and adults) not just to see, but to pet, if they wished, a skunk named Cabbage, a corn snake named Carolina, and a barn owl named Tyto. At another venue, Pat Belliel introduced Harley, her 5-year-old pet pig. At yet another venue there were sheep, alpacas and a pair of 22-year-old miniature donkeys.
Anyone needing luggage, dishes, pots and pans, furniture, mirrors, vases, etc., would have found all of these donated items and more in good condition at the Knights of Columbus’s fifth annual sale Aug. 17, on the front lawn of St. Anne’s convent.
For some, Aug. 26 was a daunting experience: their first day of school ever. For others it was the first day of their last year at St. Anne’s ES.
A warm welcome awaited all 270 students from Father Anthony Mongiello, Principal Karen Bentz and teachers from kindergarten to eighth grade.
If Bethlehem Township residents ever wished that the public library were nearer by, they got their wish Aug. 24, with the grand opening of Bethlehem Area Public Library Coolidge, a satellite library at 2740 Fifth St.
Once upon a time the Coolidge Building was a schoolhouse, and as this school year was only days away, the theme of the event was “Kickin’ It Old School.”