The Celtic Cultural Alliance (CCA) free 25th Highland Games and Celtic festival will be held Sept. 28 through 30 in downtown Historic Bethlehem. In addition to the traditional features, the event also hosts the U.S. National Highland Game Championships.
Steve Pulcinella has been named the new athletic director for the Highland Games. He has been involved with the Celtic Classic since the 1990s as a competitor and field announcer.
For information, visit www.celticfest.org.
The Cathedral Church of the Nativity is celebrating its sesquicentennial this fall with a series of events including a 5K Run on Sept. 30 to benefit the New Bethany Ministries, and a "Celebration Dinner" Nov. 2 at Iacocca Hall, Lehigh University Mountaintop Campus. The last event of the series is a celebration breakfast Nov. 4 at the church. The "William Sayre Prayer Book Reading with Wine and Cheese Reception" at the Sayre Mansion Inn Nov. 30 is very appropriate. Read on for the early history of the church to see the Sayre connection.
The Lehigh Valley Chapter of SCORE offers a breakfast seminar, "Health Care Reform, Insurance and the Small Business Owner," 8 - 9:30 a.m. Sept. 21, Denny's Restaurant, Catasauqua Road, Allentown.
Rebekah A. Ruch, President, REBA Group, LLC, an employee benefits agency, and Jim and Maureen Whited, Source One Accountants, a certified public accounting firm, will lead the seminar.
There is no charge. Seating is limited. Advance registration is required. To register: SCORE website, lvscore. org. Information: Mitzi Colella, firstname.lastname@example.org, 610-266-3000
There will be an apple festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Lutz Franklin Schoolhouse, 4216 Country Side Lane, Hellertown.
There will be apple pies, cakes, cider and apple butter and caramel and chocolate apples. There will be a dessert contest judged by Amy Wardle of Warm Sugar Cupcake Bakery, a visit by Johnny Appleseed, Sparkles the Clown and apple crafts and games. Music will be performed by Amy Forsyth, Tom Montgomery and John Samuels.
Wednesday, September 12
Bethlehem Area Public Library back to school book sale, noon to 8 p.m., 11 W. Church St. Visit www.bestbooksale.org or call 610 867-3761, ext. 259.
The Gluten-Free/Celiac Sprue Support Group, 7:30 p.m., Lower level board room of St. Luke's – Warren Hospital. Call 610-865-3543 or 732-207-6666.
Saturday, September 15
Barn tour, Saucon Valley Conservancy, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Beethoven Waldheim Club, 1984 Waldheim Road, Hellertown. Call 610-216-0566 or visit www.sauconvalleyconservancy.org for schedule of events.
Q. Isn't living in the country healthier than living in the city?
I don't think there's a definitive answer to that question. My first reaction to this inquiry was that life in the country is much healthier. It seemed obvious because of the crime, pollution, crowding and stress of the city.
However, the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) provided me with some surprising information that made me rethink my answer.
Here are some of the statistics from the NRHA:
The Auxiliary of Holy Family Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will hold its annual yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22 in St. Mary's Hall, 1200 Spring St. The kitchen will be open.
Donations may be dropped off at the main lobby at Holy Family Manor or at St. Mary's Hall. No clothing, shoes or computer related items are accepted. All proceeds benefit the programs and services to care for residents. To make a donation or for more information, call 610-865-5595, ext. 409 or ext. 522.
James Supra, 5 p.m.
Lurrie Bell, 6:45 p.m.
Alexis P Suter, 8:30 p.m.
Jam, 10:30 p.m.
Banko Cinema, Red Theater
Mike Dugan, 5:30 p.m.
Watermelon Slim, 7:15 p.m.
Mike Dugan, 9 p.m.
Lazy Lester, 12:30 p.m.
Catherine Russell, 2 p.m.
Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, 3:30 p.m.
James Cotton, 5 p.m.
Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials, 7 p.m.
CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, 8:45 p.m.
Banko Cinema, Red Theater
Donovan Roberts, 1:30, 3 p.m.
Mary Catherine Kolb, 92, died Aug. 25, 2012, in her residence at Country Meadows, Bethlehem. Born in Takoma Park, Md., she was a daughter of the late Lester Newman Koontz and Emma Richter Koontz . She was the wife of Jacob S. Kolb for 72 years.
She was active in the U.S.O. during World War II.
She was a member of the Junior League of Bethlehem. She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and at St. Luke's and Muhlenberg hospitals.
Joni Young has been appointed Director of Bariatric Services, Sacred Heart Hospital.
Young's primary responsibilities include managing the development and execution of Bariatric program goals, completing financial analysis and formulating plans to accomplish objectives.
She previously was a Healthcare Consultant and Regional Manager for the Cardiac Service Line, St. Luke's University Health Network; a Manager of Operations, Pocono Medical Center, and Director of Patient Services, PPNEP.