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.
The Friends of the Parkland Library recently hosted author Rosemary Wells for a presentation at Springhouse Middle School.
Wells, the author of more than 125 children’s books, spoke to parents and children in the auditorium about how she started writing and illustrating her Max and Ruby books.
After a book signing, there were fun games and munching on Max and Ruby treats and cupcakes.
Books were sold by Barnes and Noble Booksellers with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting the library.
On Dec. 1, the first night of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, was celebrated at Temple Beth El, South Whitehall, during its annual Hanukkah party.
Stephen Schwartz, of the Building Block Workshop, Livingston, N.J., showed the children, how to construct a giant menorah with LEGOs during the annual Hanukkah party.
Construction began about 9 a.m. and two hours later the menorah was completed.
Then, the party began.
Food, in particular potato pancakes or latkes and sufganiot, the Hebrew word for doughnut, were available.
State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-132nd, recently discussed his new book “Redemption” at Parkland Community Library.
This book is the first of the Spades Trilogy of young adult science fiction thrillers.
The hero of the book, Asher Maddox, along with 20 others, wake up 160 years in the future with no memory of how they ended up on a spaceship, with Maddox as captain.
Maddox is a college dropout with clinical depression and anxiety.
He and the other young people soon learn Earth has been ravaged by the Spades virus, which has been spread by aliens.
Jordan Lutheran Church, Orefield, hosted its 26th annual fall craft fair Nov. 17 in fellowship hall.
Not only were there crafts to purchase for Christmas gifts, but also delicious soups and barbecue available for lunch and home baked goods for sale.
A raffle benefited Family Promise of Lehigh Valley which helps children and families by providing housing and meals to homeless families.
There are 497 families in the Lehigh Valley who are in immediate need of housing.
Students from seven area schools recently attended a special event at Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus.
About 1,300 school children were transported to the sanctuary for a water education festival called Make a Splash with “Project Wet.”
Students from the Parkland area were represented by Springhouse Middle School and Kernsville Elementary School during the morning session.
Various activities, at 21 stations that the children could visit, demonstrated how water is beneficial and how to protect the vital life-sustaining force.
The Parkland School District Administration Building recently featured the best artwork from students in the various schools from kindergarten through 12th grade.
In the spring, at the arts festival at the high school, Richard Shemonsky, chairman of the art department for the middle and high schools, along with other teachers, chose the best to be exhibited in the rotating art collection.
The Parkland Education Foundation paid for the framing and display of the student art.
A few of the winning entries from past years also remain on display.
A group of seniors participated Sept. 20 in a do it yourself tie-dyeing project with all the materials provided at the Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall.
Each person was given a cloth shopping bag to tie dye although some brought a shirt or other fabric they wanted to tie dye.
Becky Wanamaker, adult services and programming librarian, gave all the participants plastic gloves and showed them the various colors and the technique for tie dyeing fabric.
The more than 15 women were very enthusiastic about the project.
ArtsQuest at SteelStacks, Bethlehem and Embassy Bank honored those who served or are serving in the U.S. armed services by posting photos of the men and women in uniform May 26-28.
This was the eighth year photos honoring those in the military were posted.
The photos together were called Hometown Heroes and were displayed to honor them for their contributions.
When Hurricane Florence appeared to be closing in on Charleston, S.C,, an evacuation became necessary.
James Benner MD., a cardiac vascular cardiothoracic surgeon at Trident Hospital in that city knew e could not leave and would have to remain near to the hospital.
His wife, Veronica Poole Benner, took their children to a safer spot — south to Walt Disney World.
Dr. Benner is a graduate of Parkland High School as is his wife.
His parents Bob and Dolores Benner, live in South Whitehall.