After spending months sorting out ideas for the borough’s 150th anniversary in 2019, the committee had the hard choice of whittling down the many proposed programs and projects to seven.
The celebration will begin with a community gala.
The time capsule that was buried next to the war memorial on Chestnut Street in 1969 — when the centennial celebration marked the town’s 100th birthday — will be opened.
Other events and programs include the painting of a community mural, picnic, scavenger hunt and block parties.
The event will be capped by a parade.
• Catasauqua Thrift Shop half-price sale, at the shop, 113 Bridge St. The sale continues through April 1. Store hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday.
• Scrabble night, 5-7 p.m., at Coplay Public Library, 49 S. Fifth St. Information: 610-262-7351
• Quota Club of Northampton’s annual men’s night program, 6:30 p.m., at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave. Information, reservations and cost: 610-262-7828
Holy Trinity Orthodox Catholic Church, 1023 Fifth St., is making kielbasi for Easter. The deadline to order is March 29. Call 610-395-5737. Pickup will be 4-6 p.m. April 8 in the church hall (use side steps to basement).
Holy Trinity also is taking orders for freshly baked paska bread for Easter. The deadline to order is April 2. Call 610-395-5737. A maximum of 300 loaves will be made, so call early. Pickup will be 4-6 p.m. April 8 in the church hall.
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 2181 Washington Ave., will host a breakfast 8:30 a.m.-noon March 26.
Tickets will be sold at the door.
For more information, call 610-262-2559.
Evangelist David Brady, of Central City, will be the guest speaker for special services March 26-31 at Northampton Assembly of God, 3449 Cherryville Road. Services will be held 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
St. Mary’s Parish, 122 Union St., will be having a basket social in the parish hall 6-9 p.m. March 24; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. March 25; and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 26. There will be more than 200 baskets, plus gift cards and specials. You do not have to be present to win.
The kitchen will be open, and baked goods will be available.
Tickets are available in advance or at the door.
Call 610-264-0332 for more information.
Today, I am continuing to look back over 25 years ago, when the Allentown State Hospital operated an 800-acre farm in East Allen Township. Mr. John McDevitt, the former assistant manager, is sharing information from an article he wrote years ago.
The farm started in 1919 to supply food and milk to a number of state institutions. It also provided therapy for a number of patients. But slowly, change brought an end to the farm operation — beginning with the Institutional Peonage Abolishment Act.
Trinity United Church of Christ, Third and Coplay streets, has changed the time for its Sunday service. It is now 10 a.m.
Holy Communion will be celebrated the first Sunday of each month.
Coplay Community Days Committee will next meet 7 p.m. March 27 at borough hall as it continues with plans for its weekend celebration in August.
• Open mic and jam night, 6:30 p.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-432-4339
• Family storytime, 10 a.m., at Northampton Area Public Library, 1615 Laubach Ave. This program features stories, rhymes, music and movement to help develop a love of reading.
• Play K program, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Northampton Area Public Library, 1615 Laubach Ave. This program involves playing and learning designed for children preparing for kindergarten.
Grace United Church of Christ, 902 Lincoln Ave., will hold Lenten crabcake dinners 5-7 p.m. March 17, 24 and 31. Chicken finger dinners also are available.
There is a cost.
Take-outs can be purchased.
For more information, call 610-262-7186.
Northampton Mayor Thomas Reenock has proclaimed March 17 as Community Champions Day in the borough, recognizing the national Meals on Wheels initiative where public officials participate in delivering meals to seniors.
Reenock will participate in the event, called March for Meals.
On March 19, the Catty Club, 226 Pine St., will be holding its all-you-can-eat breakfast brunch 9 a.m.-noon. Eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, crepes, toast, French toast, potatoes, soup, fruit cup and drinks will be served.
Eggs Benedict and omelets, made to order, also are on the menu.
You can check out the club’s website at catasauquaclub.com for other happenings.
The membership team of George Taylor House will hold a meeting 6 p.m. March 21 at Villa Grande Restaurant, 7 Lehigh St.