The Lehigh Valley Association of Realtors (LVAR) released a new research report indicating year-to-date sales, pending sales and the affordability index up over the same time last year.
January 2013 data comparisons over last year at the same time indicate that closed sales were up 2.3 percent to 307, while pending sales were up 30.7 percent to 511.
Inventory decreased 16.8 percent to 3,157 units and new listings decreased 2.4 percent to 953.
WDIY, 88.1 FM is celebrating the 13th anniversary of its annual fundraiser, "Heart of the Valley" Antiques Show, March 2 and 3. The City of Bethlehem is once again a major sponsor for the event.
During the first weekend in March, the Charles A Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem, will be transformed into an antiques collectors' emporium.
Twenty-five select dealers will be offering quality wares in the form of textiles, pottery, folk art, quilts, primitives, toys, holiday décor, painted, formal and country furniture and more.
Dr. Christopher Wagener, Coordinated Health's Mayo Clinic-trained spine surgeon, will hold a free seminar, 6 p.m. March 5, Coordinated Health Allentown Campus, Second Floor, 1503 N. Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown.
Light refreshments will be provided.
To register: 610-861-8080, ext. 24108
PRESS PHOTOS BY C. RICHARD CHARTRAND
The youth at Lehigh Valley Baptist Church, 4702 Colebrook Ave., Emmaus, organize a Valentine's Day dinner Feb. 16 for their parents at the church. Approximately 32 parents attended with 30 youth decorating, serving, babysitting younger siblings and working in the kitchen.
By CYNTHIA UNDERHILL
Special to the Bethlehem Press
All aboard the S.S. American when "Anything Goes" takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, March 1, 2 and 2 p.m. March 3 in the auditorium at Saucon Valley High School, 2100 Polk Valley Road, Hellertown.
St. Joseph R.C. Church will hold a public votive Mass at noon March 16 in the sanctuary, 417 E. Fifth St. The second annual service is in honor of the feast day of the church's patron, St. Joseph.
The church, founded by Slovenian immigrants in 1913, was one of several churches closed in 2008 by the Allentown Diocese. Parishioners then applealed to the Vatican. In 2011, the church was allowed to reopen for both funerals and the patron saint day.
The League of Women Voters has a "Running for Local Office" handbook to assist potential candidates. Ballot petition circulation began Feb. 19. The information is Lehigh and Northampton county specific. For information, call 610-967-3653 or email email@example.com.
PA 2-1-1, which connects people who need help with critical services and volunteer opportunities, is now available in the Lehigh Valley.
The toll-free telephone number offers information and referrals for basic needs, food banks, child and elder care, health services, housing, support groups and more.
Hours of operation are 7 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
In addition, 2-1-1 can be integral to the community's crisis response in the event of an emergency, such as flooding, tornado, fire or other tragedy.
For more information, go to uwlanc.org.
Animals are available for adoption at the Center for Animal Health & Welfare no-kill shelter, 1165 Island Park Road, Easton. The shelter is working to end pet overpopulation by running a clinic so animals can be spayed or neutered before they go home. For more information, call 610-252-7722 or visit www.healthyanimalcenter.org.