A Splash & Dance event is set for 6-8:30 p.m. July 19 at Coplay’s Parkway Pool, Second and Keefer streets. Deejay Freddy Milander Jr. will entertain. Contests and prizes are also part of the fun.
Lehigh County Conservation District will be at Coplay Public Library, 49 S. Fifth St., 1-2 p.m. July 19 for Buckets Full of Nature: Fossils Rock!
The library will also present a free children’s movie 5-7 p.m. July 23, a kids’ music program 6-7 p.m. July 25 and storytime 3-4 p.m. July 26.
Northampton Area Historical Society will hold a special program titled “First Ward Businesses of a Bygone Era” 10 a.m. July 21 at the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.
Those interested in attending are encouraged to bring photos of earlier businesses and join in the discussion.
Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum, 1401 Laubach Ave., will be open 1-3 p.m. July 22.
It is open to the public the second and fourth Sundays of the month through September.
• Sheet music art (for teens in grades 6-12), 2 p.m., at Northampton Area Public Library, 1615 Laubach Ave. Information and registration: 610-262-7537
• Vacation Bible School, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the social hall of St. John’s Lutheran Church, 18 S. Third St., Coplay. VBS will continue until July 20.
In this fourth column, I am down in Darktown, Hokendauqua, Whitehall Township, visiting with Mike and Donna Bednar. Mike is a well-known railroad historian, a former railroad worker and engineer. He has authored a number of railroad books and magazines. Mike has had 41 years of experience with the Lehigh Valley Railroad, Conrail and Reading and Northern Railroad. Mike knows his railroads!
He traces the Lehigh Railroad back to its roots when the first tracks were laid in 1851 to link Allentown and Easton.
Coplay Saengerbund, 205 S. Fifth St., presents Stereotype July 13. Doors open 5 p.m.
New Constitution will play July 20, and Common Bond plays July 27.
The club’s annual fundraiser, to help defray expenses for a person with medical issues, will be Oct. 5 with Lucky 7 taking the stage.
St. Peter Roman Catholic Church’s Altar & Rosary Society will celebrate its 90th anniversary at the 8 a.m. service July 15.
A special breakfast for the organization will follow at the church’s social hall, 4 S. Fifth St.
The society was organized July 15, 1928.
Community Days is underway! Hours are 6-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.
This annual event, sponsored by Northampton Exchange Club, will continue through July 15 at Municipal Park, Smith Lane and Laubach Avenue.
Northampton Area Historical Society will hold an open house 1-4 p.m. July 15 at the Siegfried Railroad Station, 21st Street.
Catty Seniors Plus is planning a second birthday bash July 25 to celebrate the birthday of the United States, as well as birthdays of the club’s members.
Doors open noon, and the meeting begins 1 p.m.
The organization meets at Slovak Center Social Club, 1223 Fifth St., which is handicapped accessible.
A picnic lunch is planned, followed by bingo games. There will be no speaker.
This meeting is for members only, who are encouraged to bring a donation item for Catasauqua Area Food Bank.
The Catasauqua Park Amphitheater, 501 American St., presents The Cherry Bombs 7-10 p.m. July 13.
Come on out with your lawn chairs, blankets and refreshments for a fun music-filled evening.
Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association announces the summer hours for the Biery House Museum and Art Gallery. The museum will be open 1-4 p.m. the first and third Sunday of the month until September.
• Picnic for St. John’s Friendly Fifties (rain or shine), noon-5 p.m., at 26th Street Playground, Northampton
• Do-it-yourself guitar picks (for teens in grades 6-12), 2 p.m., at Northampton Area Public Library, 1615 Laubach Ave. Information and registration (required): 610-262-7537
• Movie: “The Sound of Music,” 4 p.m., at Coplay Public Library, 49 S. Fifth St. Information: 610-262-7351
Once our formal educations are complete, at whatever age, at whatever level, the reading we do most often is for pleasure.
It may come as a surprise that while we are enjoying the latest blockbuster, several really wonderful things are happening in our brains. Even if we are reading for specific information, for instance, how to put together the TV stand you just bought, your brain is processing way more than the obvious. So, what exactly are these brain perks?