Gregory P. Farkas, 69, of Northampton, died July 4, 2017, at Gracedale Nursing Home, Nazareth. He was the husband of Faye M. (Smith) Farkas.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Louis and Ella (Frantz) Farkas.
He was a 1965 graduate of Dieruff High School.
He was in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.
He was an ad builder for 36 years for the Morning Call, from which he retired in 2008.
Robert J. Soldridge Sr., 84, of Slatington, died July 8, 2017, at Lehigh Valley Hospital — Muhlenberg. He was the husband of Patricia A. (Seyfried) Soldridge for 56 years.
Born in North Whitehall Township, he was a son of the late Frank and Angela (Bult) Soldridge Sr.
He was employed by the former Beatrice Cheese for 13 years until he retired.
• Vacation Bible School, 9 a.m.-noon, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 696 Johnson Road, Nazareth. VBS continues until July 14. Registration: vbsmate.com/holycrossnazareth
• Wildlife day camp (for kindergarten through eighth grade), 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Wayne Grube Park, Pavilion 1, 1200 Willowbrook Road, Allen Township. Registration: 610-965-4397, ext. 131, or email@example.com
• St. John’s Friendly Fifties picnic (rain or shine), noon-5 p.m., at 26th Street Playground, Northampton
Matthew Patti, formerly of Whitehall, finished the spring 2017 semester at Stevenson University, Maryland, with a 4.0 GPA. He has earned dean’s list 2015-17.
A film and moving image major, Patti also was inducted into “Who’s Who Among Students” for the 2016-17 school year.
Taylor Augustine, of Catasauqua, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at DeSales University during a commencement ceremony May 20.
She is a 2012 graduate of Catasauqua High School.
The Allentown Band, the United States’ oldest civilian band, will perform a free open-air concert, 6:30 p.m. July 16, Haines Mill, Cetronia, South Whitehall Township.
The Lehigh County Historical Society will open Haines Mill for tours free of charge 1 - 6 p.m. July 16.
Concert attendees should bring a lawn chair or blanket.
Information: lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org; 610-435-1074
Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra presents the second of its four “Valley Vivaldi” chamber music concerts, 7:30 p.m. July 9, Christ Lutheran Church Allentown, 1245 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.
Call 610-782-3254 for locations.
Wednesday, July 5: Chicken with gravy, potatoes, carrots, sugar cookie, seasonal fruit.
Thursday, July 6: Pot roast, smashed potatoes, broccoli, strawberries.
Friday, July 7: White fish, brown rice, asparagus, summer vegetables, oatmeal cookie.
Monday, July 10: Sloppy joes, warm berry crisp, side salad.
Tuesday, July 11: Sausage, sauteed noodles, sauteed cabbage, canteloupe.
Wednesday, July 12: Chicken with gravy, roasted potatoes, vegetable, mini muffin.
Call 610-559-3245 for locations.
Wednesday, July 5 - Fourth of July meal: Orange juice, Circle “R” burger, pasta salad, fresh watermelon, holiday cookie.
Thursday, July 6: Roast turkey w/ gravy, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, white bread with margarine, fresh plum.
Friday, July 7: Cranberry juice, sausage sandwich w/ green peppers and onions, Pennsylvania “Dutch” potato salad, citrus breeze.
Monday, July 10: Apple juice, chili con carne w/ cheddar cheese garnish over bread bowl, pepper slaw, fresh variety melon.
Robert and Dianne Troxell of Cetronia, South Whitehall Township, celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary June 17.
They were married June 17, 1972, in Dubbs Memorial Church, Allentown.
Bob is the co-owner of TnT Home and Business Cleaning Services, LLC. Dianne is retired.
They are the parents of two children, Chris of Allentown and Tamie Thewlis of Allentown, as well as the grandparents of Austin and Ashley Troxell and Ian and Steven Thewlis.
They will celebrate their anniversary next year with friends at Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Eclipsing history:Long-time amateur astronomer Peter Kern presents a slide lecture, “The Solar Eclipse in History,” 1 p.m. July 8, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown. A solar eclipse will cross the United States Aug. 21. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon’s path causes the moon to cover the sun. The last time a total solar eclipse was visible from the contiguous United States was in 1979. Kern will show images of the total solar eclipse of February 1979.