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.
Northampton Borough’s annual tree lighting will be held Nov. 25 at the triangle, Main Street and Laubach Avenue.
The festivities begin 5:30 p.m. with holiday music by members of Good Shepherd Catholic School’s performing arts department.
Santa will arrive 6 p.m. with treats for the children.
The 25-foot-tall evergreen tree was donated by Richard Ackerman, who, along with his family, will flip the switch to light the tree.
• Morning Glories meeting, 10 a.m., at Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., Catasauqua
• Miller-Keystone Blood Center blood drive, 4-7 p.m., at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, Hokendauqua. Reservations: Judy Ehret at 610-767-5061
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1235 Main St., is planning a designer bag bingo Nov. 17.
Doors open 11:30 a.m. The games begin 1 p.m.
The prizes will include items from the Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Vera Bradley and Coach collections.
A ticket includes 20 games. Specials will be sold separately. A Chinese auction is also planned.
Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Proceeds benefit the church’s building fund.
For tickets, call 610-262-2668.
In this fourth column, we are speaking to the Rev. Jerry Mraz, a native of Czechoslovakia, who was the last full-time pastor at Holy Trinity Slovak Lutheran Church in Northampton.
The church was organized in 1905, an era when many ethnic churches were formed by immigrants in the Lehigh Valley. Holy Trinity’s roots were laid by dedicated Slovaks, who constructed the church on land formerly owned by John Smith, a wealthy local property owner.