In 1984, Uganda’s civil war had been raging for several years, with hundreds of people killed in the rebellion against the Ugandan government and over 400,000 left homeless. Ray Barnett, who first visited the country in 1977, saw extreme poverty, starvation, injustice, disease and violence.
On July 21, Silver Spring Country Club hosted about 130 members of the Bethlehem Garden Club (BGC), which is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year. Dedicated to educating members and the community about gardening, sharing tips and experiences, and supporting civic planting to beautify areas around Bethlehem, the club meets on the third Thursday of every month at Advent Moravian Church.
Guests, patrons, staff and beneficiaries of New Bethany Ministries gathered at Lehigh University’s Zoellner Arts Center March 18 to celebrate 30 years of helping over 100,000 hungry, homeless, poor, and mentally ill clients find new opportunities and more secure futures.
“We serve between 3,000 and 6,000 people a year. We live in this food desert, where access to nutritious food is a real challenge,” said Executive Director Diane Elliott. “There are only 14 of us [on staff], and we couldn’t do it all ourselves.
“Tonight is a thank you for all of your support.”
Over 30 years ago, in 1982, several churches in Bethlehem’s Southside collaborated to form a shared worship and social ministry. Recognizing a community need for support services for homeless families and individuals, the churches, which included First United Church of Christ, Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Holy Ghost Roman Catholic, St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran, and Fritz Memorial United Methodist created a thrift shop and soup kitchen, provided mentoring and counseling services, and offered rental and housing assistance programs.
Carp_ cib_ et vin_! Friends and residents of Fountain Hill wined and dined at the Comfort Suites Hotel April 11 to raise money for the Fountain Hill playground and surrounding recreational area.
The Bacchanalia is an annual charity event whose sole purpose is to raise funds to benefit the Fountain Hill Playground and Recreation Improvement Fund.
"This is the 12th year we've done this," said Angela Sinkler, chief organizer and Fountain Hill committee member.
"We donate 100 percent of the money raised to the borough," she said.
Exchange students and their host families celebrated the Chinese New Year recently at Wesleyan Methodist Church, on Center Street in Bethlehem. The event, hosted by New Oasis International Education, Allentown Central Catholic HS, and Bethlehem Catholic HS, and also attended by Pius X Catholic HS students, provided an opportunity for Chinese and American students to engage in a cultural exchange and perhaps stave off a bit of homesickness the exchange students might have felt.
In the late 1970s, Bethlehem artist Nancy Shelly, home with her chicken pox-infected three children, decided to make homemade Valentine's Day cards.
"I got out the paper and cut out some hearts," Shelly says. "I had no art training, but one of the hearts I'd created looked really interesting. I couldn't figure out what it was about that heart and it bothered me.
"So I kept looking and monkeying about - maybe I became a bit obsessed - and I played around making hearts for the next few years."
Lehigh University's Rauch Fieldhouse hosted the 13th Annual Eastern Pennsylvania Bridal Expo Jan. 10 and 11 where brides, grooms and their families perused four aisles stocked with over 110 vendors offering everything to a couple needs to create their most magical day.
Wesley Jenks, vice president of Marketing for Jenks Productions, the company that's produced and sponsored the event since 2002, said he's grateful for the show's growth and success over the years.
ArtsQuest Center's Blast Furnace Room hosted the Lehigh Valley's first LGBT Wedding Expo recently.
The LGBT Business Council teamed up with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce to host over 40 businesses and vendors, each of whom is celebrating the passing of marriage equality in Pennsylvania.
"We had a conversation after Pennsylvania legalized same sex marriage," said Robert Sandoval, a member of the LV Chamber of Commerce and LGBT Business Council. "We wanted to feature this decision in a huge way and get everyone involved.
More than 1,400 participants raced and walked in Historic Bethlehem's 12th annual Turkey Trot 5K on Nov. 29, representing 24 states, including California and Alaska, and Denmark.
Jean Theman, Turkey Trot chair, said it was the first time in race history that the USA Track and Field Certified Course had to be changed because of snow.
"We had to change the course on Sand Island because it was too muddy," Theman said.