St. Andrew's Episcopal Church food pantry and homeless programs will hold a benefit baked goods sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 22 and from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 23.
The event will be held at the church, 1900 Pennsylvania Ave., Bethlehem.
There will be kiffles, Italian cookies, chocolate babka, chocolate covered cherries, Moravian Sugar Cake, pumpkin pie, and more.
Call 610-865-3603 or visit www.standrewsbethlehem.org for information.
The City of Bethlehem's Earl E. Schaffer Municipal Ice Rink is now open for public ice skating.
Public skating is available from 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m.
Season passes are available for residents and non-residents.
Group skating lessons began Nov. 26; and hockey clinics are from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturdays.
For more information, call 610-865-7081 or visit www.bethlehem-pa.org.
Knights of Columbus Council 10921 of St. Joseph the Worker, Orefield, will be hosting its annual free throw contest for boys and girls from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Jan. 4, 2013, in the church gymnasium.
Registration is 3:30 p.m. with shooting starting at 4:15 p.m.
Proof of age (between ages of 10 and 14 as of Jan. 1, 2013) and parents' written permission are required to participate.
This is a non-denominational event and there is no entry fee.
Winners of their respective divisions will advance to district, regional and state competitions.
The Business and Entrepreneurship Academy Charter High School, located at 601 East St., Easton, is now accepting pre-enrollment for the 2013-14 school year.
Current eighth- and ninth-graders are eligible to pre-enroll.
Call 610-829-2222 or visit www.busacad.org to pre-enroll.
Students are sought who are looking for a well-rounded core education with the higher level skills required to participate in the world of business and finance in the ever changing future.
The Carbon Model Railroad Society is having open houses 7-9 p.m., Thursdays through Jan. 3, 2013, at 529 Ore St., Bowmanstown, off Route 248 north of Palmerton.
The display will also be open 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday the weekend of Jan. 5, 2013.
The main "HO" scale display is in various stages of completion and is an excellent learning tool.
The club's portable "HO" and "N" displays will be in operation on the second floor.
There will be new and pre-owned accessories for sale.
Admission is free.
The Lehigh County Senior Center has been awarded a grant of $5,000 from the ACBL Charity Foundation.
The American Contract Bridge League is a national organization that supports duplicate bridge games and tournaments throughout the world.
Several area Moravian churches will display putzes to the general public again this year.
The term putz is from the German word putzen, which has various meanings including to decorate, to place or to make beautiful. At one time, putzing was a Bethlehem holiday tradition during which people visited private homes to see their versions of the Nativity story.
Central Moravian Church's 75th annual putz will be held in the Christian Education Building, 73 W. Church St.
The 47th annual advent breakfast will be held at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 1 in the dining room at Moravian Village of Bethlehem, 526 Wood St.
There will be a trombone choir and a beeswax candle service. The speaker is the Rev. Daniel Gambet.
Tickets are available at Moravian Village of Bethlehem, Moravian Book Shop, Visitor's Center, Bethlehem Area Public Library (north and south sides), Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Comfort Suites and Cantelmi's Ace Hardware.
Gov. Tom Corbett has extended the deadline to apply for Pennsylvania's Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for older adults and residents with disabilities until Dec. 31.
More than 600,000 older Pennsylvanians and residents with disabilities are expected to benefit from the program."
The program helps Pennsylvanians ages 65 and above, widows and widowers ages 50 and above and people with disabilities ages 18 and above.
The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters.
A variety of area residences will be featured in The Swain School's 43rd annual Holiday House Tour Dec. 4 and 5.
Participants can enjoy the tour via a bus or luxury coach, or a self-guided, 'drive it yourself' option. The Holiday House Tour also includes the Swain Holiday Boutique as well as a pick-a-prize raffe, children's raffle and bake sale.
On Dec. 5, the houses are open for a self-guided tour between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Participants can also enjoy a luncheon at the school 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., served by Swain's Class of 2013 in formal attire.