St Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Coplay, will host Operation Secret Santa 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24.
Lehigh Valley Moms on a Mission invite members of the public to drop off donations at the church so they may assist families in need.
They are asking for donations of nonperishable food for local food banks; unwrapped new toys, books or games; and gift cards or monetary donations.
The wish list also includes blankets and comforters, towels, sheets and pillowcases, cleaning products, backpacks, hats, lotions, shampoo and soap and other everyday items.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1900 E. Pennsylvania Ave., will host a homemade lasagna dinner 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21.
All are welcome to enjoy a hearty meal downstairs in the parish hall.
Proceeds benefit the church's ministries in the community.
The Hanover Township Council meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the township building on the corner of Grove and Airport roads.
The public is always encouraged to attend these meetings.
The next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 4.
The Catasauqua Club, 226 Pine St., will serve a brunch buffet 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17.
Reservations are suggested.
For more information, call 610-264-1771.
The Woman's Club of Catasauqua will meet 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at Holy Trinity Church, Fourth and Pine streets.
The program will be entitled "Lehigh Valley Murders."
The group will also be preparing for the Holly Fair at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nov. 30.
For more information, contact President Yvonne Rentzler at 610-264-4924.
St. Peter's Catholic Church is participating in the Warmth for a Friend coat drive. Containers have been placed in the church vestibule for those who wish to donate.
Coats can also be dropped off at the Coplay Municipal building on Fourth Street.
The drive will take place Nov. 23 through Dec. 9. Coats will be delivered on Christmas Day to the Sixth Street Shelter in Allentown.
The drive is sponsored by Coplay residents Sophie and Amanda Kesselring and Richard Manganaro.
In this concluding column I am up in Lehigh Township speaking to Mr. Sterling Rothrock and daughters Doris and Lorene. Sterling was born in 1921 and is one of the most senior retirees from the Universal Atlas Cement Co. in Northampton.
While being employed at the Atlas he desired to purchase a farm. The year was 1947.
St. Andrew's Young at Heart will be meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, a week early because of the Thanksgiving holiday. After a meeting and dessert, bingo will be played. Members are asked to bring items for the Catasauqua Area Community Food Bank. This is the time of year to be thankful and to share with people in need.
The casino trip to Mohegan Sun is Friday, Nov. 29 and a trip to Sight & Sound is set for Dec. 11. Call Bill Molchany at 610-264-0920 for information.
Quota of Northampton is again accepting contributions of either new, unwrapped gifts of your own choosing or a financial donation for its "elves" to shop so that less-fortunate children in the community can enjoy Christmas.
The club will also operate a Christmas store for young clients of the Northampton Area Food Bank Saturday, Dec. 7. Each child will be able to pick out a gift for every family member at no charge. In addition to gifts for children, the club is also looking for small gifts for adults and siblings.
Robert Rissmiller was raised in Moore Township and graduated from Northampton High School in 1971. He recalls, "I studied carpentry at the vo-tech school and my first job was with Fred Koehler, doing home improvements for $2.75 an hour."
Bob followed his grandfather, uncle Clarence Traugher, and father, Harvey, in their cement careers, hired by the Keystone Cement Company on Oct. 15, 1973. Like other new employees, he started on the labor gang at a wage of $3 an hour. The foreman was Gill Harding of Bath.
"We were so busy I worked many weeks of 12-hour shifts," Bob recalls.
The community food bank run by the Coplay Recreation and Welfare Association will receive a major boost this weekend when the Boy Scouts of America holds its annual Scouting For Food drive.
Borough residents had door hangers placed on their properties advising them to set out donations Saturday to be delivered to the food bank.
Residents are asked to donate canned foods, baby formula, dry goods and paper products. Donors are reminded to check the expiration dates on donated food.
The Catasauqua Thrift Shop, 113 Bridge St., will hold a half-price sale on women's slacks and jeans and plus size tops the week of Nov. 11.
Store hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday.
Proceeds from sales are returned back to the community through contributions to youth and adult programs and services.
Bingo will be held at St. Mary's Parish Center, Second and Union streets, Catasauqua, Sunday, Nov. 10, starting at 1 p.m.
The kitchen will be open at 11:30 a.m.