Here’s a chance to learn about amateur radio as emergency communication, public service in community events or as a hobby for casual conversations with other “hams” locally or around the world, even astronauts in orbit. This is done using noncommercial radio transmissions; this is not CB radio.
Area veterans are invited to take part in the monthly support program at the office of state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd.
A representative from the American Legion Service Office Outreach program will be in McNeill’s office at 1080 Schadt Ave., Whitehall, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 19 to provide information on services available to veterans and their families. The representative will be available to discuss education, health care and death benefits.
Drum and bugle corps
More than 3,000 of the finest musical athletes will once again take the field at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown for the DCI Eastern Classic Drum and Bugle Corps Championship Aug. 2-3, marking the event’s 43rd anniversary.
The DCI Eastern Classic will be the final major competition before the 2019 DCI World Championship, to be held at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., capping off the 100-event national tour for Drum Corps International.
Crazy Quilters Quilt Guild
The Crazy Quilters Quilt Guild will meet 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 3461 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Emmaus.
Several guild members will participate in a show-and-tell switchup, displaying a number of their quilts and discussing the patterns, tools and techniques used to create them.
Visitors should arrive between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m.
There is a small fee for nonmembers.
For more information, visit crazyquilters.org.
Lehigh County Conservation District
Lehigh County Conservation District is pleased to announce it has placed the Post Construction Stormwater Management (PCSM) maintenance guide for operating and maintaining Best Management Practices (BMPs) on its website.
For those who have rain gardens, seepage pits or similar things on your property, this booklet is for you. The booklet tells you why stormwater BMPs are necessary but also goes over how they should be maintained.
Property tax/rent rebate program
The deadline for older adults and Pennsylvania residents with disabilities to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2018 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, the Department of Revenue announced June 10.
PENN STATE Extension
Penn State Extension is offering a class titled “Managing Invasive Plants” 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. July 24 at Penn State Extension Lehigh County, 4184 Dorney Park Road, South Whitehall.
The class will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to properly identify invasive plants and develop strategies for treatment and control.
A portion of the day will be spent in the field looking at invasive plants, the results of management and a calibration demonstration.
There is a fee to attend.
Upper Macungie Township, in partnership with the Schmoyer, Trexler and J.S Burkholder funeral homes, will be hosting the Village of Breinigsville Independence Day fireworks spectacular July 6 at Earl Adams Memorial Park, 8935 Breinigsville Road, Breinigsville. Rain date is July 7.
Concession stands will open 3 p.m.
WTAP TV personality Uncle Jeffery will also begin broadcasting live 3 p.m.
There will be live music by the Municipal Band of Allentown beginning 7 p.m. with an old-fashioned patriotic sing-along 8:15 p.m.
The search is on for The Great Allentown Fair Queen for 2019, who will be selected to represent the fair’s mission during fair week and in the community throughout the year.
The Lehigh County Agricultural Society is looking for contestants from Lehigh, Northampton and Berks counties.
An ideal candidate will have the ability to communicate enthusiasm for The Great Allentown Fair, local farming and the agricultural industry. Young women ages 16 to 20 are encouraged to enter the competition, which awards a $1,500 scholarship.
At 10 a.m. June 22, join Master Gardeners and Master Watershed Stewards for a rain barrel workshop at Wayne A. Grube Memorial Park, Pavilion 3, 1200 Willowbrook Road, Northampton.
Save water by installing a rain barrel. Rain barrels sit underneath a downspout to collect water from the roof during each rain event. The water can be saved and used to water plants in your yard.
By using a rain barrel, you can help save drinking water resources, decrease water and sewer bills, utilize higher quality water for plants and reduce polluted runoff from storms.