• What Are You Reading Now? book club, 1 p.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-432-4339
• Intro to A to Z the World database demo, 6 p.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-432-4339
• Quilting and sewing, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Lehigh Valley Active Life, 1633 W. Elm St., Allentown. Information: 610-437-3700
• Drop-in studio arts, 9-11:30 a.m., at Lehigh Valley Active Life, 1633 W. Elm St., Allentown. Information, registration and cost: 610-437-3700
“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”
— John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States
“‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.”
— Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner for “The Color Purple”
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, will hold its annual Holly Craft Fair 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 25. The presence of crafters and vendors promises to be just what the shopper ordered!
In addition to the craft fair, there will be lots of homemade baked goods, plus a tricky tray, where one can bid on donated goods from the crafters and vendors.
The kitchen will also be open for good food and drinks.
There will be plenty of free parking.
The borough’s annual tree lighting will be held 5:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at Main Street and Laubach Avenue. Santa will arrive 6 p.m. aboard a Northampton Fire Department truck.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714, located just across Main Street from the tree lighting, will open its doors after the event, serving hot chocolate and cookies.
Northampton Liederkranz, 402 E. Ninth St., will hold a holiday vendor bazaar 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 2.
Food will be available for purchase.
For more information, call 610-704-2390.
Editor’s note: Press writer Al Recker was involved in a car accident Nov. 16 in the borough. He sustained multiple injuries and underwent surgery. He will soon be moved out of ICU and into a standard hospital room.
Many have reached out to our office asking for an address to send well wishes. Cards may be sent to 17 N. Fourth St., Coplay, 18037.
Al’s son, Matt, reports that Al is eager to get back to work. In the meantime, please send information for this column to TinaMarie Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We wish Al a full and speedy recovery.
• Half-price sale on women’s slacks, jeans and blouses, during store hours, at Catasauqua Community Thrift Shop, 113 Bridge St. The sale will continue until Dec. 2.
• Beading club, 1:30 p.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-432-4339
• Miller-Keystone blood drive, 4-7 p.m., at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, Hokendauqua. Schedule a time to donate: Judy Ehret at 610-767-5061
My first column in the Northampton Press was published in 1998. Since that first column, hundreds have been written with my trusty No. 2 Farber pencil.
I have always regarded the many people I have had the privilege to interview as not just columns, but friends.
Today, we go back and have memories from the birth of the Northampton Press. On this 20-year journey, my good friend Larry Oberly has taken thousands of photographs, a catalog of local history.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1235 Main St., will host bingo featuring Longaberger, Vera Bradley and Coach items Nov. 18. Doors open 11:30 a.m., and bingo starts 1 p.m.
There will be a Chinese auction and refreshments.
For tickets, call 610-262-2668.
Proceeds benefit the building fund of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 2181 Washington Ave., will hold a breakfast 8:30 a.m.-noon Nov. 19. In addition to the usual breakfast menu, this month’s special is creamed chipped beef on toast.
Bridge Street Studio and Gallery, 123 Bridge St., is having its annual pop-up shop Nov. 17, 18 and 25. The gallery features local craftsmen with a unique array of gifts.
The Nov. 17 event is a wine and cheese reception starting 5 p.m. Hours for Nov. 18 and 25 are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The gallery is owned by Kimberly Brubaker.
For more information, call 484-201-6140.
St. John’s Lutheran Church and St. Peter Roman Catholic Church will join Nov. 19 for the 51st annual Coplay Ecumenical Thanksgiving service. The 7 p.m. event will be held at St. John’s, 18 S. Third St. The program alternates between the churches.
This marks the first time since its inception in 1966 that Trinity United Church of Christ is not part of the service, as the church closed in August.
The combined choirs from the two churches will sing special songs for the service. Coplay Garden Club is providing the flower arrangements.