The City of Bethlehem's Earl E. Schaffer Municipal Ice Rink is now open for public ice skating. Public skating is available from 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m.
Season passes are available for residents and non-residents. Group skating lessons begin Nov. 26; hockey clinics from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturdays. Call 610-865-7081 or visit www.bethlehem-pa.org.
Bethlehem's Department of Water and Sewer Resources was awarded its fourth consecutive state Area Wide Optimization Program award at City Hall Oct. 22.
Presented by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the AWOP recognizes the state's top performing top performing treatment plants that voluntarily optimize treatments beyond legal requirements.
The city's plant was built in 1994 and serves more than 113,000 local customers in 11 municipalities.
Stephen "McBean" M. Skomitz Jr., 59, of Macungie, died Nov. 27, 2012, of brain cancer. He was a son of Clare (Bellew) Skomitz of Bethlehem and the late Stephen M. Skomitz Sr. He was the husband of Barbara D. (Diehl) Skomitz for 33 years.
He was a 1971 graduate of Bethlehem Catholic HS. He was in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Corry during the Vietnam War.
He worked many years for the City of Bethlehem until retiring due to his illness.
Messianic Jewish Congregation Beth El Gabor's public Chanukah Candle Lighting Ceremony will be held at 4 p.m., Dec. 8 (25 Kislev) at the synagogue, 1555 Linwood St. Bring a menorah to light if so inclined.
There will be a 10:30 a.m. Dec. 15 Shabbat service and luncheon. The annual Chanukah party will be held after sunset. There will be Havdalah and Menorah lighting, followed by a concert featuring the congregation's worship team. Call 610-419-1464 or visit www.bethelgibor.com.
Thursday, December 6
Northampton Co. Council, 6:30 p.m., Northampton Co. Courthouse, 669 Washington St., Easton.
Monday, December 10
Bethlehem City Zoning Board, 6 p.m., Town Hall rotunda, 10 E. Church St., Special appeals meeting.
BASD regular board, 7 p.m., East Hills M.S. auditorium, 2005 Chester Road. OK
Fountain Hill Council planners, 7 p.m., 941 Long St.
Tuesday., December 11
Saucon Valley School Board, 7 p.m., Audion building, 2097 Polk Valley Road.
Wednesday, December 12
Dr. Edward J. Benz Sr., 89, died in Acton, Mass., Oct. 26, 2012. He was the husband of the late Verna Marie (Cuddyre) Benz for 64 years.
He was born in Pittsburgh.
He earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry and his M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He was a resident in pathology at the Mayo Clinic, where he earned a master of science degree from the University of Minnesota.
He was a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps.
Auditions for "Tony & Tina's Wedding, 7 p.m. Thursday - Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31 - Feb. 10, and "Finnegan's Farewell," 7 p.m. Thursday - Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, March 7 -10, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem, are 5 - 10 p.m. Dec. 12, Banko Community Room, Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem. Actors selected will be compensated for performances.
Audition slots of 10 minutes each must be reserved by contacting ArtsQuest Programming Manager Ryan Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. Dec. 11 with name, phone number, resume, headshot and availability.
The 15th annual Luminaria Night will be held beginning at sundown and through the evening Dec. 8 throughout different areas of Bethlehem.The event benefits New Bethany Ministries.
Kits containing white bags and votive candles may be purchased by calling 610-691-5602 or emailing email@example.com.
The Lehigh Valley Chapter, Executive Women International, will hold a holiday celebraion and general meeting Dec. 6 at the Blue Grill House & Wine Bar, 4431 Easton Ave.
The board will meet at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and holiday festivities. The chapter will again partner with the Lehigh County Conference of Churches in adopting two needy families to give their children their holiday gifts. Members are also asked to bring a wrapped gift (fun gifts are acceptable) not to exceed $10 in cost for a gift exchange.