The annual community tree-lighting ceremony at borough hall, beginning 6:30 p.m. tonight, Dec. 1, will offer something different from previous years. Sponsored by Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association, the event has kicked off the yule season in town since the mid and late 1950s.
The outdoor portion of the program will take place next to the nativity creche. There will be caroling, and then Santa arrives on a borough fire truck bearing small gift bags for the girls and boys.
Recently, the Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum hosted some very interesting visitors. Sisters Alice, Joan, Dee and Marcia Drauch presented a piece of folk art remembering their father, William Drauch Sr., and their brother, William Drauch Jr., who were dedicated cement workers at the Whitehall and Keystone cement companies.
William Sr. was born in Cementon and resided in a Whitehall Cement Company home in Homepark. Do our loyal readers know where it is? It is between Cementon and Egypt, off Route 329. The sisters have fond memories of their village home.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church welcomes all children under age 12, with adult supervision, to a fun-filled brunch with Saint Nick 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 17. Every child will be treated to a breakfast, and then will have the opportunity create a craft and have their picture taken with Santa.
The party is free, but children must be registered by calling 610-865-3603 by Dec. 14. The church is located at 1900 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Allentown.
“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, American president
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” — Dr. Albert Schweitzer, medical missionary
• Club JAM (ages 2 through sixth grade), 6-7:30 p.m., at Calvary Wesleyan Church, 1414 Pennsylvania Ave., Hanover Township. Free. The club meets every Wednesday. During Club JAM, there also is a parent group, parentCONNECT, that meets. Information: 610-866-1388 or calvarywesleyanchurch.org
• Bath Area Council of Churches’ Thanksgiving Eve service, 7 p.m., at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 696 Johnson Road, Moorestown. The evening’s offering and collection of nonperishable items will be donated to the local food bank. Information: church office at 610-759-7363
Miller-Keystone Blood Center will be at St. John’s Lutheran Church social hall 8 a.m. Nov. 26 for a blood drive.
The church is located at 18 S. Third St.
The public is invited to donate.
Borough office and public works employees will have an extended holiday, Thanksgiving and Black Friday. The office will reopen Nov. 28.
Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association will hold its annual community tree-lighting program 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 outside borough hall, Fourth and Center streets.
Suburban North YMCA will host Little Elves Workshops 5-9 p.m. Nov. 25 and Dec. 16.
Parents can enjoy an evening out while YMCA staff supervise your children.
Highlights of the event include making holiday crafts, playing games, singing songs and watching holiday movies. Pizza and cookies will be served.
For details or more information, contact the YMCA at 610-264-5221 or greatervalleyymca.org.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, will be holding its annual Holly Craft Fair 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 26.
A tricky tray auction also is planned.
St. John’s Friendly Fifties will hold its annual Christmas dinner Dec. 7 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.
Doors will open 11:30 a.m.
Entertainment will be provided by Emmaus Baptist Academy’s “Ring the Bells.”
Northampton Area Public Library will hold a family Christmas craft workshop 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. Dec. 15.
Registration for this program is required, so sign up soon.
Quota Club of Northampton is again accepting contributions of either new, unwrapped gifts of your own choosing, gift cards or a financial donation for the club’s “elves” to shop with. Volunteers will arrange for the purchase, wrapping and delivery of gifts for kids in this community.
• Thanksgiving storytime and craft with Miss Veronica, 11 a.m., at Coplay Public Library, 49 S. Fifth St. Information: 610-262-7351
• Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce’s fifth annual holiday tree lighting and basket raffle, 5-7 p.m., by the elevator court at Lehigh Valley Mall, Whitehall. Bring one new, unwrapped toy for admission. Information: 610-432-4130
• Homemade meatloaf dinner, 5-7 p.m., in the handicapped-accessible parish hall of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Hanover Township. There is a cost.