• Gentle chair yoga, 9:30-10:30 a.m., at Whitehall Lifestyle Center, 2301 Pine St., West Catasauqua. The class will continue Tuesdays and Thursdays until Dec. 27. Information, registration and cost: 610-437-3700
• Tai Chi exercise, 12:30-1:30 p.m., at Whitehall Lifestyle Center, 2301 Pine St., West Catasauqua. The class will continue Tuesdays and Fridays until Dec. 21. Information, registration and cost: 610-437-3700
The Northampton Borough Council meeting scheduled for Nov. 15 and canceled due to the weather has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. tonight, Nov. 29, at the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.
Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce and Roxy Theatre will hold a holiday mixer and movie night Dec. 13 at the Roxy, 2004 Main St.
The mixer will be 6-7 p.m., followed by the classic film “Holiday Inn” 7:30 p.m.
Admission to the movie is a nonperishable food item, which will be donated to Northampton Area Food Bank.
George Taylor House, Lehigh and Poplar streets, will have an old-fashioned Christmas 4-7 p.m. Dec. 2.
There will be crafts, carolers, house tours, cookies, hot chocolate, a tree lighting and a visit from Santa.
Salem United Church of Christ, 615 Third St., will be having a breakfast with Santa 9-11 a.m. Dec. 8.
The menu includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, home fries, pastries, fruit, juice, coffee and more.
There is a cost, but children age 3 and under eat for free.
There will also be crafts.
Seniors who reside in North Catasauqua and Catasauqua or who belong to a church or organization in North Catasauqua or Catasauqua are invited to the 30th annual holiday meal 11:45 a.m. Dec. 1 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, Catasauqua.
The meal, hosted by the Catasauqua Lions Club, is free, but reservations are encouraged.
Register at the Catasauqua or North Catasauqua borough halls, or call Joe at 610-264-4130 and leave a message if no one answers.
Coplay Garden Club meets 7 p.m. Nov. 29 in the social hall of St. John’s Lutheran Church, 18 S. Third St.
The public is invited.
The third annual O Come All Ye Faithful Social Call Christmas party will be held Dec. 7 at the American Club of Coplay pavilion, 300 Cherry St.
Doors open 4:45 p.m., and the kitchen opens 5 p.m. Social Call will play 7-10 p.m.
It is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased at Samuel Owens Restaurant, The Bacon Strip, Reph’s Complete Auto, A Buzz and Beyond or the borough office.
We recently wrote a five-part series on railroad memories, which resulted in a number of people sharing their own railroad experiences with us. So I called my friend Mike Bednar, a former railroad engineer and author of a number of railroad books, requesting more information. He graciously agreed.
Mike and his friend Ken Bealer authored the book “Trackside Around the Pennsylvania Cement District” in 2010. They write that seven railroads at one time served the area.
• Deadline to order nut rolls (apricot, lekvar, nut, poppy seed, red raspberry and pumpkin cheese), to be picked up 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 8 at Assumption of the Virgin Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 1301 Newport Ave., Northampton. Information, cost and orders: Marty at 610-682-4458, Helen at 610-261-4575 or Linda at 610-262-0265
• Game night, 5-7 p.m., at Coplay Public Library, 49 S. Fifth St. Information: 610-262-7351
The borough office, 98 S. Fourth St., will be closed Nov. 22 and 23 for the holiday.
Recycling pickup has been moved up from Nov. 23 to Nov. 21. There is no change in garbage collection.
The community tree-lighting program, along with Santa’s visit to Coplay, will be held Dec. 6 outside the municipal building beginning 6:30 p.m.
The event is sponsored by Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association and will feature holiday carols.
The festivities continue in the auditorium with hot chocolate and doughnuts and entertainment provided by Lori and James.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, will be having its Holly Craft Fair 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 24. The kitchen will have food available for purchase. A bake sale will also be held.
The Legionnaires of the Catasauqua American Legion, 330 Second St., will have an all-you-can-eat breakfast 8 a.m.-noon Nov. 25.
There will be scrambled eggs, toast, home fries, bacon, sausage, French toast, SOS, juice, coffee and tea. For more information, call 610-266-7170.
There will be no breakfast in December.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
— John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States
The holiday feast that we know as Thanksgiving dates back to November 1621, in Plymouth, Mass., when the newly arrived Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians gathered together for an autumn harvest celebration.