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.
Lots of fun for teens happened Sept. 15 during Teen’s Cupcake Wars at the Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall.
Three cupcakes, already baked, were given to the seven contestants to decorate.
One was to be decorated with the contestant’s favorite book theme.
The second was to be decorated with a creative theme and the final cupcake was to be decorated just to enjoy eating.
To kick off September events for seniors, Parkland Community Library hosted an ice cream social.
During the drop-in event, seniors were invited to indulge in three flavors of ice cream with more than a half-dozen different toppings.
The September listing of programs for seniors was given out to those attending the ice cream social.
And, there was a chance for seniors to win some giveaways.
As Bethanne Nemesh admits, the quilts she designs and makes are much more than the quilts one would see on display at the Kutztown Fair.
Her quilts would not be used as bedspreads. They are award-winning examples of quilting that are hung on the wall.
Nemesh, who has a Mennonite background and is familiar with making quilts, has advanced from basic quilting to competing and becoming a prizewinning quilter.
“I am an artist first,” she said.
Nemesh has a degree in art and Master’s degree in art therapy.
Once a month, on the second Tuesday around 3 p.m., Parkland Community Library Senior Book Club meets at Luther Crest retirement community, South Whitehall Township.
On June 12, there were 11 women who met to discuss “Olive Kitteridge,” by Elizabeth Strout.
Lisa Cawley, library reference assistant, led the discussion.
A lively discussion ensued as some loved the book and one lady did not like the book at all.
About half the group members live at Luther Crest.
Lehigh Valley Active Life members and guests celebrated the last day of spring, June 20, with a poetry reading by poet Shirley Binkley of Allentown.
Some of the poems Binkley read were: “Life is a Gift,” “America’s in Distress,” “Adopted,” “A God Moment,” “My Rubber Ducky” and “What if it was Your Child.”
Binkley, who publishes her own poetry, has written 191 poems. Of these, 81 have been published.
Her first book of poems is titled “One Size Fits All: Poetry for Every Mood.”
Binkley is working on her next book.
Once a month, on the first Tuesday of the month, Parkland Community Library gives area residents an opportunity to take part in a program titled, “Technical Tuesday.”
Participants ask questions about their devices, such as smartphones, computers or iPads. These information sessions are held at Luther Crest retirement community, 800 Hausman Road, South Whitehall.
Becky Wanamaker, adult services and programming librarian, is in charge, helping to provide the best advice for those seeking assistance.
Students in grades five through eight recently took part in a two-week long session at Camp Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, where they could spend a week in four classes of their choice.
The classes were not only fun but they helped the students with career exploration.
Some of the choices were Compufun, Cuisinartists, Digital Padawan and Forensic Fun.
There were 21 classes from which to choose.
They were only available in June so look out for the classes next year.