It's only a month away.
Mark your calendars for June 22. The 10th annual American Cancer Society's Whitehall Relay for Life will take place at the Whitehall High School football stadium.
The event is free and open to everyone, even those not touched personally by cancer. This expects to be a relay like none ever seen before. We hope to see both residents and businesses alike from our market area, which includes Catasauqua, Northampton and the Whitehall-Coplay school districts.
St. Lawrence School will hold a reunion as part of the Sports Hall of Fame Picnic scheduled for noon-6 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at the Hokendauqua American Legion, 3154 N. Front St.
There is a cost. Children under 12 are free.
The price includes all beverages, four hot foods and salads served 1-5 p.m. and games and tournaments.
Deejays Statik and Glo Stx will be holding dance contests with prizes. Participants can enter the Lehigh Valley Sports Hall of Fame Idol Singing Contest for an additional fee.
The lower parking lot at the Coplay Parkway will be the setting for the 19th annual children's bike derby Saturday, May 25.
Big wheels, tricycles and bicycles will be part of the free event, beginning at 9 a.m. It is open to children ages 2-15 who live in the borough or whose parents or grandparents live in the borough.
Sponsored by Coplay Athletic Club, the borough police department and Coplay Town Watch, the event begins at 9 a.m.
In this continuing series, I'm down in Darktown, Hokendauqua, Whitehall Township, speaking to residents Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bednar about the hamlet and his family's history. Mike has authored 10 books on railroad history. In my last column Mike's father Joseph, a Seabee in World War II, returned home and confronted post-war challenges.
After working at Breadon Field, home of the Allentown Cardinals and now the site of the Lehigh Valley Mall, Joseph was hired by the Fuller Company in Catasauqua.
Assumption BVM Roman Catholic Church, East 22nd Street and Washington Avenue, will host a breakfast Sunday, May 19, 8:30 a.m.-noon.
This will be the last breakfast until October.
There is a cost.
For more information, call 610-262-2559.
Mark your calendar for the church's annual picnic, set for Sept. 8 at Egypt Memorial Park. Watch this column for details.
The annual Wynnewood Estates family garage sale will be held 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 25.
More than 50 families will be participating.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Fourth and Pine streets, Catasauqua, will hold a Community Day yard sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 18.
Food, a moon bounce, face painting and child identification will also be available during the sale.
Proceeds from the event benefit Mrs. Nothstein's Helping Hands organization.
For more information, contact Chris Held at 484-357-6351.
The next Old Home Week 2014 committee meeting is tonight, May 16, at the American Legion on Second Street at 7 p.m.
Street names mark the character of a community such as Coplay.
The Coplay grid was kept simple; Front, Second, Third and Fourth streets ran north to south and were numbered in sequence to 12th Street on the west end.
The town's main artery is Chestnut Street, which runs east to west the entire length of the town. It starts at Ruch Street on the west and continues to Front Street on the east at the Coplay-Northampton Bridge.
A fondness for trees is also evident in street names such as Cherry, Maple, Oak and Poplar.
Mr. James Keefer was reared in Bath, one of 11 children graduating from Northampton High School in 1972.
"I was in the construction class at Bethlehem Vo-Tech," Jim says. "We built a home from the foundation to completion, learning all the aspects of construction under the excellent supervision of our instructors Angelo DeAngelis and Bob Keifer. The course taught me skills I have used on my job and in constructing my own home."
Jim applied this training in working on stores in the Lehigh Valley, Westgate Mall and the Easton 25th Street Shopping Center.
The Coplay Recreation and Welfare Association's community food bank will receive a major boost in inventory.
The National Association of Mail Carriers will hold its annual Stamp Out Hunger campaign.
Residents recently received a brown shopping bag which they are asked to fill. The mail carriers will pick up the bags when they make their rounds of homes on Saturday. Assisting the carriers are volunteers from Coplay Recreation & Welfare. AARP is also involved.
The Porter-Chapman Lodge 637 will host a ham dinner Saturday, May 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The fundraising meal will include mashed potatoes and gravy, corn and applesauce, with cake or pie for dessert. Takeout meals are also being offered.
The temple is located at 1103 Sixth St., North Catasauqua.
For additional information, contact Jeff Fink at 610-440-2443.
Don't forget, when school ends in June, free beginner tennis lessons will again be given at the Fuller Courts at the Catasauqua playground.