YWCA Bethlehem’s Adult Day Services program hosted a free concert for its participants Oct. 19. The concert, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts through a Pennsylvania Partners for the Arts (PPA) Project Stream Grant, enabled the program to invite the folk duo Simple Gifts, from State College.
“We like to bring in outside entertainment about every other month,” says interim director and activities director Yvonne Toth. “We’re always searching for grants and funding from other sources to help bring in special programs and entertainment.”
We hear about it on the news and read about it in national papers, but sex trafficking isn’t a problem that we think is happening here, in our community. But it’s the second-largest and fastest-growing criminal industry in the world.
“You can only go as far as you limit yourself,” says Marinela Santos, owner of Polished by Her. Throughout her growth as a businesswoman, that motto has held her in good stead.
Two weeks ago, she opened her new nail salon at 87 E. Broad Street in Bethlehem. “I spent three years on the South Side as a solo nail technician,” she says. “A space had opened up where an old barbershop used to be, and my fiancé Tommy Figueroa and I looked at it. He surprised me by signing and bringing me the lease.”
Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse kicked off the ninth annual Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival June 1 with a cooking demo at the Sands Bethlehem Hotel and Casino. He and fellow chef Chris Wilson prepared and served samples of chicken and andouille gumbo and Hawaiian-style Poke to the audience.
The demonstration ended with an announcement of the winners of Northampton Community College’s mystery basket culinary competition held in mid-May. Winners received a full scholarship to attend Lagasse’s externship at one of his New Orleans restaurants.
Eight culinary students competed May 18 in the annual mystery basket cooking competition at Northampton Community College’s Hampton Winds Restaurant for a chance to win a scholarship to attend a weeklong externship at one of celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans restaurants.
Six judges evaluated the contestants in seven categories: texture/doneness, taste/balance of flavors, proper cooking techniques, plating, sanitation/organization, overall technique/ portion size, and creativity with using the mystery basket ingredients.
A dreary day may have provided a rainy backdrop for Fountain Hill’s Arbor Day celebration April 27, but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the small crowd that gathered at the newly renovated Public Works building on Clewell Street.
It’s been a long time coming, but the New Bethany Ministries’ Mollard Hospitality Center and kitchen received its first makeover since 2004, courtesy of several generous private donors, members of the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem congregation, and Boyle Construction.
The kitchen serves two daily meals, Monday – Friday, a meal on alternating Sundays, and special holiday meals for approximately 150 people each day. In 2016, the kitchen served over 57,000 meals.
The Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley (PCFLV) held a week-long camp for pediatric cancer patients and their siblings on the campus of Cedar Crest College June 19 to 23.
Camp Smile, just one the many free services and opportunities PCFLV offers to its cancer warriors and their families, gave campers a chance to explore art classes, theater, sports, and swimming, and visit with many special guests from the community.
Emma Rawlings, a senior at California University of Pa. majoring in public relations, interned with the camp this year.
The Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley (PCFLV) doesn’t just plan and run this weeklong camp. The organization assists families throughout the Lehigh Valley whose children have been recently diagnosed, are mid-treatment, or in remission or maintenance, says Stauffer.
“We offer a one-time free home ‘health’ cleaning in partnership with a local cleaning company so that when immune-compromised kids come home from the hospital for the first time,” said Stauffer, “they’re coming into a home that’s as clean as possible.”
Mother Nature contributed a good dusting of white to complement the sparkling iced cakes and glittering gowns featured in the Bridal Expo hosted at Lehigh University’s Rauch Field House Jan. 7 and 8.
Wesley Jenks, of Jenks Productions, said it’s the company’s 15th year coordinating and running the event.
“I like the people in the Lehigh Valley,” he said. “Everyone is friendly and easy to work with.”
This year, the two-day show featured 100 vendors, most local to the Lehigh Valley, with a few regional or national companies in attendance, too.