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Saturday, December 14, 2019
PRESS PHOTO BY ED COURRIERCelina Daddario, outreach education manager at the Da Vinci Science Center, wows the children in the audience with liquid nitrogen provided by Air Products during her “Super Coolness” demonstration. Copyright - © Ed Courrier PRESS PHOTO BY ED COURRIERCelina Daddario, outreach education manager at the Da Vinci Science Center, wows the children in the audience with liquid nitrogen provided by Air Products during her “Super Coolness” demonstration. Copyright - © Ed Courrier
ABOVE: The Allentown-based dance group, El Batey Puertorriqueño, keeps in sync during a performance at the 13th annual Family and Community Expo on Aug. 1. Copyright - © Ed Courrier ABOVE: The Allentown-based dance group, El Batey Puertorriqueño, keeps in sync during a performance at the 13th annual Family and Community Expo on Aug. 1. Copyright - © Ed Courrier
LEFT: ASC Program Coordinator Jesse Barrett and Development Associate Ava Gilotti promote the Rodale Institute with literature about the various programs the not-for-profit provides at its experimental farm. Copyright - © Ed Courrier LEFT: ASC Program Coordinator Jesse Barrett and Development Associate Ava Gilotti promote the Rodale Institute with literature about the various programs the not-for-profit provides at its experimental farm. Copyright - © Ed Courrier
(Right) Fenrir Chamberlain, 6, from Allentown and brother Maximus, 7, enjoy a photo op with Smokey Bear. The iconic mascot appeared courtesy of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry. Copyright - © Ed Courrier (Right) Fenrir Chamberlain, 6, from Allentown and brother Maximus, 7, enjoy a photo op with Smokey Bear. The iconic mascot appeared courtesy of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry. Copyright - © Ed Courrier
PRESS PHOTOS BY ED COURRIERLooking for new recruits, cadets man the Whitehall-based Civil Air Patrol Squadron 805 booth at the Family and Community Expo. The Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol: Lehigh Valley Composite Squadron had earlier participated in the event’s flag-raising ceremony. They meet Tuesdays at the Egypt Firehouse. Copyright - © Ed Courrier PRESS PHOTOS BY ED COURRIERLooking for new recruits, cadets man the Whitehall-based Civil Air Patrol Squadron 805 booth at the Family and Community Expo. The Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol: Lehigh Valley Composite Squadron had earlier participated in the event’s flag-raising ceremony. They meet Tuesdays at the Egypt Firehouse. Copyright - © Ed Courrier
At right, Mike Pany from Wells Fargo is assisted by area high school student volunteers from the Cops ’n’ Kids table in distributing free backpacks to school kids at the 2019 Community and Family Expo. Each child needed to visit 10 exhibitors to get their “Passport to Education” stamped. The free backpacks were donated by Wells Fargo. Copyright - © Ed Courrier At right, Mike Pany from Wells Fargo is assisted by area high school student volunteers from the Cops ’n’ Kids table in distributing free backpacks to school kids at the 2019 Community and Family Expo. Each child needed to visit 10 exhibitors to get their “Passport to Education” stamped. The free backpacks were donated by Wells Fargo. Copyright - © Ed Courrier

PPL Center welcomes Browne’s Family and Community Expo

Thursday, August 8, 2019 by ED COURRIER Special to The Press in Local News

Although in its 13th year, 2019 is the first time state Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th, has hosted his Family and Community Expo at the PPL Center, 701 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.

The Aug. 1 indoor event provided area children an opportunity to stock up on school supplies, and for their families to stock up on knowledge about the services available at various Lehigh Valley government offices and community organizations.

Previous expos took place at Bucky Boyle Park.

“This is really a test to see how an indoor event happens in the summer,” Browne said. “But, in terms of the turnout by our providers and our families, we are very pleased.”

Wells Fargo provided free backpacks to children who visited 10 of the expo exhibitors to get their “Passport to Education” papers stamped.

Lehigh Valley Cops ’n’ Kids handed out free books to attendees.

Cops ‘n’ Kids President Beverly Bradley explained that books can serve to connect inner-city children to the police, as well as to the rest of the community, which can provide them with a positive environment.

“As of June 1, we gave out our 1 millionth free book,” Bradley proudly exclaimed.

Air Products distributed school supplies while other exhibitors gave away other goodies. Valley Youth House gave away stuffed animals at its Project Child booth.

Additional event sponsors and exhibitors included the PPL Center, Capital BlueCross CHIP Program, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown Health Bureau, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Coca-Cola, Community Action Committee of Lehigh Valley, Community Music School, Autism Speaks, DeMolay, and many others.