When Emily Vincent heard homemade masks were needed in the Lehigh Valley as protection against the coronavirus pandemic, she suggested to her neighbors they make some.
She had some cotton material that wasn’t being used and Regina Bednar said she had some material to contribute, as well as, extra elastic.
Margaret Rosenberger said she had large spools of white thread that could be useful.
This reporter had several cotton tablecloths with colorful balloons printed on them that would make good masks.
The Parkland Education Foundation wanted to do something special for the 800 graduating seniors this year.
With the possibility there would not be a formal graduation ceremony or a senior prom due to the coronavirus pandemic and quarantine, the education foundation partnered with the high school to purchase graduation lawn signs for all the seniors.
Executive Director Lisa Ervin and the board wanted to show the seniors how the community supports them and to recognize their accomplishments.
While driving north on Springhouse Road during the afternoon of April 21, this reporter noticed a line of vehicles, each decorated with balloons and “Happy Birthday” signs.
The individuals in the front seat of the first vehicle, a black truck, said the line was the beginning of a birthday parade for Tom Carrigan’s 70th birthday.
Inside the first vehicle were Tom’s daughter Jennifer, and son-in-law Sean Bleiler.
Grandchildren Jackson, Evynne and Tori Bleiler were in the back seat.
The Jewish Community Center, Allentown, had its annual Purim Carnival on March 8 with games, inflatables, snacks, crafts, prizes, the PJ Library and story time.
There was also food to eat ranging from popcorn and snow cones to Hamantashen to Borekas which were sold by the food truck, parked outside the JCC.
Purim is the Jewish festival that celebrates the victory of the Jewish community in Persia, led by Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai, over a plot to exterminate the Jews planned by Prime Minister Haman and King Ahashuerus.
To celebrate the Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos, students in grades six through 12 were recently invited to the Parkland Community Library to paint and decorate a flower pot.
After decorating the pot, they planted a cactus or succulent in the pot before taking it home.
Examples of art that could be used to celebrate were various sugar skull designs using Sharpies.
The creativity of the students flowed in this colorful library project.
The Jewish Community Center was bustling with activity Jan. 28 during the annual Super Sunday program.
Chairwomen of the fundraiser were Dana Cohen and Naomi Schachter. They sought out volunteers to make phone calls asking for donations.
In addition to the phone calls, there was a group story time sponsored by the PJ Library.
Jennifer Einstein, who uses crutches to walk, read the book ”The Only One Club” to a group of children.
The Harlem Wizards with their “Tricks, hoops and alley oops,” displayed their talents and fun at a basketball game between the Wizards and the high school faculty at a performance at Parkland High School on Nov. 21, 2019.
Joshua Abrams, a social studies teacher at the high school, told his students if they made and displayed a sign supporting him, he would give them extra credit.
Abby Severo took his suggestion and made a sign supporting Abrams.
On a recent rainy Saturday morning, Jennifer Purcell, environmental educator from the Wildlands Conservancy, Emmaus, introduced some creatures of the night to kids at Parkland Community Library. Purcell brought an owl, a snake, an opossum and a tarantula to the library.
A full house was evidence of the popularity of this program.
When Hanukkah is about to begin at Temple Beth El, South Whitehall, the adults and children meet together to plan their ChanuCan project, which benefits Second Harvest Food Bank as well as the Jewish Family Service of the Lehigh Valley.
This project began in 2011. At Temple Beth El, the project is directed by Shari Spark, coordinator of Ritual and Services, as a project of Jewish Family Education.
Meetings were held, teams were organized and the 2019 theme selected was “Jewish Journey’s ... Let’s GO!”
Donations were accepted and cans were purchased and collected.
There is a new addition to the Jewish Community Center at 702 N 22nd St., Allentown.
Parked on the Tilghman Street side of the JCC, there is now a kosher and vegetarian food truck.
The Around the Table Catering Inc. food truck is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays, and it will be open all winter.
Owners Lee and Dror Levi will show hungry visitors the menu and help them make that special selection.
Order and wait for the meal to be prepared or call ahead and have it ready.