In this third column, I am speaking to the Rev. Jerry Mraz, an immigrant from Czechoslovakia and former pastor of Holy Trinity Slovak Church in Northampton.
The Bel Canto Youth Chorus of the Bach Choir in Bethlehem will offer a freewill concert 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St.
This amazing and auditioned elite youth choir, directed by Joy Hirokawa, is well known for its musically innovative and artistic renditions and has frequently performed abroad.
Bob Yoder, a Pennsylvania Master Gardener, will share the history of the current attempt to save the American chestnut at the next Catasauqua Garden Club meeting 1 p.m. Nov. 7.
• Walk This Way to Better Health community walking program (introduced by East Allen Township Parks and Recreation Department), 10-11 a.m., at Bicentennial Park West, 5351 Park West Lane. The program will continue Tuesdays and Thursdays. To participate: Chuck Frantz at 610-262-7961, ext. 306
• Sugar skull decorating event (for teens), 3 p.m., at Northampton Area Public Library, 1615 Laubach Ave. Information and registration (required): 610-262-7537
• Trick or treat, 6-8 p.m., in Allen and East Allen townships
The clock is ticking! The Nov. 8 start of the SPARK Evergreen’s automation system at the Public Library of Catasauqua is right around the corner.
Make a special trip to the library right now or any day before Dec. 1 to get a bar code on your library card that will be your ticket into our new automated circulation system. Every patron — adult or child and including new patrons — who gets a card bar coded by Dec. 1 will be entered into a drawing for a $50 cash prize. Once we are live with the system, all patrons will need to have a bar-coded card.
Northampton Area Food Bank will hold its Halloween walkathon Oct. 27.
Registration begins 8:30 a.m. at the food bank, 1601 Canal St. The walk starts 9 a.m., rain or shine. Those planning to attend are encouraged to walk in costume. Sponsor sheets are available at the food bank. Participants may also bring their own sheet to the registration area.
Halloween Wheels on the Canal will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 27 at Canal Street Park. Rain date is Nov. 3.
The Catty Club, 226 Pine St., will be holding a chicken dinner bingo Oct. 27. Doors open 4 p.m.
There will also be a Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle.
Trick-or-treat night in Catasauqua will take place 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.
Have a spooktacular time, and stay safe!
The Bel Canto Youth Chorus of the Bach Choir, Bethlehem, will offer a free-will concert 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St.
Trick-or-treat night in the borough is 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26.
Coplay Garden Club will meet 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 18 S. Third St. The meetings are open to the public.
The Ironton Rail Trail Oversight Commission holds its annual historical walk 9 a.m. Oct. 27. The walk starts at the barn on Chestnut Street at Whitehall Parkway.
The deadline to order tickets to see “The First Noel” at American Music Theater, Lancaster, is Oct. 28. The trip is scheduled for Nov. 28.
• Read-and-treat night (for the Whitehall-Coplay School District community, up to and including third grade), 6-7:30 p.m., in the library of Whitehall High School, 3800 Mechanicsville Road
• Big Daddy Weave and Brandon Heath performance, 7 p.m., at Bethany Wesleyan Church, 675 Blue Mountain Drive, Cherryville. Information: 610-767-1239 or bethanywes.org; tickets: TicketFly.com or at the church
North Catasauqua Borough Council said the 2018 Best of North Catasauqua Autumnfest was a hit. The car show had 198 cars and drew in a nice crowd.
Northampton Area High School Drama Club will present “Mystery at the Manor” 6:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Blue Monkey Sports Bar & Restaurant, 1094 Howertown Road.
You’re invited to help solve the mystery of who killed Lord Heathcliff. Following the show, there will be karaoke.
The ticket price includes the entertainment and a buffet dinner.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 122 Union St., will be having its second annual Oktoberfest 5-9 p.m. Oct. 20.
Joe Weber Band will again take the stage in the parish hall.
German-themed foods, such as homemade spaetzle, bratwurst, pulled pork sandwiches, German potato salad, kraut and more, will be available for purchase.
New this year is the addition of a biergarten in the parking lot. Oktoberfest brews will be featured in this area, only for adults age 21 and older.
Inside, there will be a basket raffle. Be sure to enter the door prize drawing as well.