This reporter went to Paris with her daughter, Leanne, for a quick weekend trip in April 2005.
We went over to see the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and, of course, the French Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral with its stained glass windows, gargoyles and flying buttresses.
We also saw the Arc de Triomphe, walked along the Champs-Elysees and took a boat ride on the Seine.
When I heard there was a fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15 I didn’t believe one of the most historic sites in Paris could be no more. And, burning during Easter week, at that.
Magician Craig Collis entertained kindergartners through fifth graders during his show, “Magic of Money,” March 30 at Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall.
Collis stretched his dollars, made them disappear and then reappear.
He also doubled and tripled his coins to the amazement of the audience, some of whom he had assist him by holding the coins or paper money.
He counted them, and counted them again and there were more than he started with.
Even adults in the audience were amazed by his mesmerizing prestidigitation.
Members of Temple Beth El, South Whitehall, and Congregation Brith Sholom, Bethlehem, recently celebrated Purim.
The congregations, of which many members wore festive costumes, came together to read the Book of Esther and joyfully use their noisemakers for the Jewish holiday.
Purim celebrates the victory of the Jewish community in Persia, led by Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai, over a plot, formulated by Prime Minister Haman and King Ahashuerus, to murder the Jews.
Esther convinced the king not to proceed with Haman’s plan.
Every day there is some reason to celebrate food, and March 6 was no different.
It was National Oreo Day.
An Oreo taste test was set up in the Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall, for kids in second grade and older to give their taste buds a sweet treat.
Parkland Youth Services Librarian Jaclyn Hoimes, who wanted to celebrate, too, set up seven plates of various flavors of Oreos for the test.
Each child received a ballot to guess the flavor of each of the seven varieties.
And, there was even milk available for dunking.
Youngsters in grades two through five combined creativity and circuitry to make light-up greeting cards at the recent paper circuits Tinkerlab at Parkland Community Library.
The full room of kids couldn’t wait to sit and listen to what Youth Services Librarian Jaclyn Hoimes had in store.
Hoimes gave instructions for making a creative card that lights up.
Each child received the necessary materials to create their own lighted greeting card.
Then, with colored pencils or markers, they designed a card for a birthday, Valentine’s Day or even Halloween.
A standing-room-only group of parents and kids waited patiently Feb. 9 at Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall, to welcome celebrity Bad Kitty.
Bad Kitty is the name of the main character in a series of children’s books by author Nick Bruel.
Parkland Youth Services Librarian Jaclyn Hoimes first showed the kids how to make a Bad Kitty mask.
When they completed making their masks, Parkland Youth Services Assistant Mary DiMaggio stamped the mask with a Bad Kitty stamp, and the proud parents took photographs of their “kittens” with their cellphones to take home.
Once a month, seniors get together on a Thursday afternoon at Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall, to make a DIY project under the leadership of Becky Wanamaker.
Wanamaker is in charge of adult programs and services at the library.
January’s project was to make a coaster from recycled CDs.
Wanamaker handed out CDs, various fabrics and material, glue and Mod Podge.
The group of women who were engrossed in the project, enjoyed the conversation, too.
All materials are provided at these DIY projects.
The featured speaker for the Jan. 3 AARP meeting at St. Timothy’s Church, Allentown, was local poet Shirley Benz Binkley.
She read several of her upbeat and thoroughly enjoyable poems.
Before the meeting there was a social hour where members enjoyed coffee and cake and conversation.
A collection was made of nonperishable food for the Allentown Food Bank.
After the speaker, there was a business meeting conducted by President Jeanne Tilghman.
AARP Chapter 5415 meetings are held noon on the first Thursday of the month at the church.
With the recent frigid temperatures plaguing the Lehigh Valley, Parkland Community Library invited teens to spend an afternoon visiting over hot chocolate and an array of delicious toppings.
The drop in, warm-up Teen Hot Chocolate Bar took place on an icy afternoon at the library in South Whitehall.
Parkland Teen Library Assistant Amanda Evans provided the hot chocolate and all the sweet treats including chocolate chips, sprinkle mix, cookies, caramel bits, mints, miniature marshmallows, whipped cream, strawberry and chocolate syrups and cinnamon.
Luther Crest Retirement Community, South Whitehall, recently hosted a gingerbread cookie decorating contest and toy drive for children.
Guests were asked to bring unwrapped toys to the Dec. 12 event.
These would be given to those youngsters served by the adoption and foster care program.
After the event, choosing the best decorated gingerbread cookie was done by online voting.
Luther Crest Chef James Lantier won the gingerbread decorating contest by online vote.
Light refreshments were served to guests.