Older adults and people with disabilities have until Jan. 2, 2018, to apply for Pennsylvania’s property tax/rent rebate program for rebates on property taxes and rent paid in 2016. The deadline was extended from June 30, 2017.
The free rebate application forms for 2017 payments will be available early next year. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The income limits are $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded.
As the holiday season continues, it pays to be vigilant to avoid scams or slip-ups that could put a damper on festivities. Here are some ways to keep your holidays happy.
Beware of deals. Be wary of those too-good-to-be-true deals, especially those that show up as links on your social media feeds. Check out reviews, search the retailer’s name with “scam” to see what comes up, and if it’s a retailer you already know and frequent online, go directly to the website rather than clicking on a link.
The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) wants to help pay tribute to all of the men and women from Pennsylvania who died as a result of the Vietnam War.
For the past two years, the DMVA has partnered with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) in Washington, D.C., to find a photo of every Pennsylvanian whose name appears on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall — commonly referred to as The Wall.
The regular monthly meeting of the Pennsylvania German Friends will be held 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 1933 Hanover Avenue, Allentown.
Developing skills to build simple Dutch sentences will be the main focus.
The public is invited to this free meeting.
The Pennsylvania German Friends organization meets the third Thursday of the month at the church, except the month of April and the summer months of July and August.
Parking is available in the lot across Tacoma Street; use the ground floor office entrance.
The Hokendauqua chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its 2018 beginner’s fly-tying course Jan. 6, 2018.
The classes are three hours each for a total of 24 hours. They will start 9 a.m. Jan. 6 and will run for eight consecutive Saturday mornings through Feb. 24. The classes are held in the cafeteria of Northampton Area Middle School, 1617 Laubach Ave.
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The St. Luke’s Singers’ annual Christmas concert will be held Nov. 26 at Wesley Methodist Church, 2540 Center St., Bethlehem. The preludes begin 2:45 p.m. and the concert begins 3 p.m.
The St. Luke’s Singers is a renowned hospital-based choir that performs on behalf of St. Luke’s University Health Network, the Lehigh Valley’s oldest health care provider, founded in Bethlehem, the Christmas City, to care for steel workers in 1872.
Northampton County executive candidates Democrat Lamont G. McClure and incumbent Republican John Brown will be guests at a 6:30 p.m. meet and greet, followed by a 7 p.m. election forum, Oct. 26 in room 220 of College Center at Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem.
McClure, an attorney, has 10 years of experience on Northampton County Council. He has resided in Bethlehem Township for 15 years.
Brown is a former Bangor mayor and a graduate of Bangor Area High School and Notre Dame University.
PBS39 is seeking kindergarten to grade 12 students to submit their artwork for a chance to become a featured 2018 Artist of the Month.
Students are encouraged to enter their paintings, drawings, photography, videography, sculptures or performance art video for a chance to be recognized.
Submissions are accepted through Oct. 27. Winners will be notified by Nov. 10.
For full contest information or to apply, visit wlvt.org.
The National Museum of Industrial History, which celebrated the first anniversary of its opening to the public Aug. 2, announced new discount days for students, families and senior citizens.
They are: Senior Day, the first Wednesday of a month, half-price tickets for citizens age 65 and older; Student Day, the first Thursday of each month, half price tickets for students; additionally, regular student admission is now reduced to nine dollars. Weekly Family Sunday, all children 17 and under, accompanied by a parent/guardian, have free entry.
From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 27, CrossPoint (also known as Calvary Wesleyan Church) will host a trunk-or-treat event at the church, 1414 Pennsylvania Ave., Bethlehem.
Individuals decorate their car trunks with themes and hand out candy.
The church will provide free hot dogs, chips and drinks.
For more information, visit crosspoint.life or call 610-866-1388.
There is no charge to participate in the event.